Marking Plant Branches for Identification

In a previous article, I discussed a simple method by which you can make markings on the branches of a bougainvillea plant. That method is a tip to pre-label marcots or air-layers. In that article, marcots were made on two bougainvillea plants growing in a single pot. The reason why pre-labelling is done is to correctly identify the marcots especially when it's time to harvest them.

In this article, I'll discuss an even simpler method to mark the branches of any medium-sized garden plant. "Marking" in this context is for the purpose of being able to identify a particular branch after some time. I'll be using a garlic vine (Mansoa alliacea) instead of a bougainvillea to demonstrate the technique.

Avoiding Ant Bites When Fruit Picking - Part 2

(This is the continuation of Part 1)
When weaver ants are able to crawl on the fruit picker pole you're using, you can be sure they'll be crawling downwards toward you and bite you. There will be a constant stream of ants that will be on your fingers, hands and arms.

So how do you minimize, if not prevent weaver ants from using the mango fruit picker pole as a bridge to reach you?

Avoiding Ant Bites When Fruit Picking

Weaver ants are the boon and bane of mango trees. Boon, because they help eradicate some of the pests that eat and destroy the leaves and fruits, thus significantly cutting down the pest management expenses of farmers.

They're a bane, well, because they attack on the farmers when it's time to harvest the mango fruits. And they attack relentlessly. Like an army on a suicide mission, they bite wherever and whenever they fall or crawl on you.

DIY Apple Fruit Picker Pole Rubber Footing

In a recent article, the need for the apple fruit picker pole bottom cap was discussed. The bottom cap was improvised from a bottle cap and worked well in covering the main pole of the fruit picker.

Homemade Bird Trap - Build Plans & Specs DIY

If you ever wanted to trap live birds, here's the best way I know. I say it is the best because it's effective and you don't need to spend on the $50 price (or more) tag on the commercially made models. It is a multi-catch (or repeating) funnel trap. That means you only need to set it once and it will trap birds continually without you having to reset it.

A variety of traps have been used to control sparrows, but the funnel or half-cone trap has been the most popular and, generally, the most effective. The improvements in the Homemade Bird Trap are the adjustable guard rails and the built-in spikes on the guard rails and funnels.

Damage Caused by Sparrows

Whenever I'm asked why I trap sparrows, I answer for the same reason why I set rat traps - to eventually dispose them. Some say pigeons are the rats of the sky. I'd like to equate sparrows with rats. They're pests. And there's just too many of them.

If I could only safely use an airgun to kill them I would. I live in a rather urbanized area in the city and it would be probably illegal to use airguns.

Sparrow Trap by Day, Rat Trap by Night

When I was at the final days of pre-baiting the sparrow trap, I was thinking "Fiesta time is over". The "free bait" was just pre-bait and now it's time to see the homemade sparrow trap in action - and catch a few sparrows.

Well, after I finally set the trap, I got a surprise the following morning.

As dawn was breaking, I went outside and noticed some movement in the bird trap as I looked up. Going nearer, I saw the silhouette of a head-like figure that seemed to be staring at me. Finally, the trapped worked!