Nature

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Interviews with Cindy Rajhel of Home Grown Fun

Host Mike Podlesny of the Vegetable Gardening Podcast talks with Cindy about innovative school gardens and making your own fertilizers and soil amendments. Host Dave Ledoux of Back to My Garden talks with Cindy about nature appreciation, watermelon pickles and the secrets of Home Grown Fun! For more podcasts with garden gurus visit these links: Vegetable Gardening Podcast Back to My Garden Podcast... »

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Damsel Bug – Good Bug? Bad Bug?

Interview with a Damsel Bug HOST: Thanks Damsel for joining us today on PEST WATCH!!! AUDIENCE: ~ Applause ~ It’s been a while since we’ve had you on the show. Where have you been overwintering? DAMSEL: I took a break among some weeds and hung out for a while, then laid some eggs in the alfalfa fields across the highway. HOST: I’m sure you’re getting busy now with all the caterpillars hatching and... »

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How to Keep a Cricket as a Pet

Going through a little pet withdrawal these days as we come to an end of our stint in pet-free military housing… so, to fill the void, we took a little cricket in. We saved it from Dad. (Usually he is saving spiders FROM Mom). These buggers of the baseboards make a loud racket – driving my husband to extremes in the middle of the night. Last week I caught him stuffing bits of toilet pa... »

Tomato Hornworm – Fun Poem about a Pest

Tomato Hornworm – Fun Poem about a Pest

Tomato Hornworm – A Pesky Poem ©2013 Home Grown Fun Tomato hornworms are sneaky they take the garden cake for the most annoying four-inch pest devouring heirlooms of any shape. They work at night in stealth mode speeding around your plants. You could be a tomato bragger at dusk then a victim of the Hornworm Dance. Look for black poop pellets, inspect the undersides of leaves. They’ll be clut... »

Homemade Fossils – MADE EASY!

Homemade Fossils – MADE EASY!

It’s easy to “mix up some mesozoic” at home or at school!  Making homemade fossils is fun and addictive. We’ve got a simple recipe for creating rock-like relics sure to bring out the Paleontologist in everyone! Below you’ll find our cute video with basic instructions plus a list of materials and extra tips for success. Also lower down the page get details on how to pr... »

Aliens or Tomato Hornworm Leftovers?

Aliens or Tomato Hornworm Leftovers?

What a surprise when I blew up a photo of a hornworm looking for detail on the caterpillar and noticed a mangled blotch of ‘alienness’ nearby resembling hornworm parts. We immediately called the FBI. No sorry, we made a quick call to our ultra-knowledgeable friend Kay and she explained that tomato hornworms go through 4-5 “Instar” stages or shifts where they grow bigger and... »

Homemade Video Tour of ALL THAT GLITTERS EXHIBIT at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Homemade Video Tour of ALL THAT GLITTERS EXHIBIT at the San Diego Natural History Museum

See all the amazing gems and minerals at the “All that Glitters” show at the San Diego Natural History Museum.   »

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5 Entertaining Facts about Red Worm Eggs

Take a gander at this close-up of a red worm cocoon – looks like a miniature lemon. These little baby sacks are fascinating! 5 Fun Facts About Red Worm Eggs 1)  Walt Disney may not be cryogenically frozen under Disneyland… but it’s no urban legend that red worms can survive a deep freeze. Worm cocoons can hang out unprotected in snow and ice for weeks and hatch into healthy littl... »