About three weeks ago I put a Praying Mantis egg case in the Death Valley Shack and it hatched the other day. The tag states that there will be 100 to 200 babies, They were not kidding, it took me about a hour and a half to get them spread out through the neighborhood plus here at Beech Street. I went to everybody's door and ask if they would like some Praying Mantis babies. No one said no..........
Quarter inch in size
Added a couple to the Death Valley Shack and I saw one this morning. It was standing watch on a small barrel cactus. Nothings better than organic bug control.
Beech Street Gardens is located in a USDA zone 8b, at an elevation of 253 ft./ latitude 45.54983/ longitude 122.603747 in NE Portland, Oregon which is located in the Willamette Valley of the Great Pacific Northwest. My partner Will and I purchased our 1,100 sq. ft. bungalow home that the gardens are based around in the summer of 1990. When the gardens first started there was lawn (2 1/2+ hours of edging and mowing) and a couple of flower beds. Today there is a very small lawn (15 mins. top to edge and mow) and small minor gardens within three major gardens consisting of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. These gardens are based on drought tolerant plants, very close to a Mediterranean style. Plants receive most of their water during the fall, winter, spring months from the rains and with very little help from me during the summer.
Certified Backyard Habitat
Beech Street Gardens is an organic garden and certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation
It Is A Fact
"A Garden Is Only As Rich And Beautiful As The Integral Health Of The System; Pollinators are Essential To The System-Make Your Home Their Home" Derry MacBride
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