Straighten the Bent Trunk or Branch of a Garden Plant - Part 2

(This is the continuation of Part 1)

The double splint method of straightening the bend of the trunk or branch of a plant uses two straight and relatively rigid rods or slats. The branch or trunk is then "sandwiched" in between the two rod or slats. This is a stronger splint and prevents the tying material from touching the branch or trunk.

Straighten the Bent Trunk or Branch of a Garden Plant

In a previous article I outlined the steps in my procedure to propagate a Sandpaper Plant or Petrea Volubilis. In this article, I will discuss a technique to straighten the trunk of the Sandpaper Plant, sometimes called the Queen's Wreath or Purple Wreath.

It is a technique that can be applied to correct not only the trunk but to a severely cured branch as well. Also, this technique may be used for all types of semi-woody to woody garden plants. As long as the garden plants are young enough, then the curve may be corrected.

Get Rid of Rats in the Garden Now! - Part 4

(This is the continuation of Part 3)

In the preceding article, I mentioned how hopeful I was to killing rats in the coming days. For two days, I've been replenishing the the rat poison bait. This is because every morning, I would find the bait holders empty. I was quite sure the rats had a field day stuffing themselves with the bait.

Get Rid of Rats in the Garden Now! - Part 3

(This is the continuation of Part 2)

  1. With a pair of scissors, cut the plastic disposable cup into a shape as shown below. This would be the container or bin to hold the rat poison bait. The lowest point of the cut part should be around one inch high. This will keep the bait from scattering and dropping to the ground when the rat feeds on the bait.

Get Rid of Rats in the Garden Now! - Part 2

(This is the continuation of Part 1)

I've used rat poison before to exterminate rats. I'm not sure though how truly effective it was. That's because I didn't immediately see results.

Get Rid of Rats in the Garden Now!

In a previous article, I mentioned how sparrows are like the rats of the sky and how these sparrows cause damage in the garden, the house and vehicles. These unfortunate experiences with sparrows motivated me into writing a series of articles on how to build a homemade bird trap. In one of those articles, I even detailed how the homemade bird trap was also able to trap rats at night.

Well, it appears those rats have become trap-shy over time. I think the rats grown bigger and bolder. With the heavy rains coming, I've also decided put away the bird traps for now.

Gynura Procumbens in Garden Pots at the Front Fence - Part 2

(This is the continuation from Part 1)

  1. Remove dried up leaves stuck among the foliage. Feel and tug on some of the branches that are still attached on the grilles. Look for brittle and unusually soft ones. Cut and remove all branches and twigs that have rotted or dried up. Now is the opportune time to really clean up the vine on the fence grilles.

  2. When all the identified branches and foliage have been cut, clean the concrete ledge from dust and debris. Use a scrubbing pad, detergent powder and water to scrub away the dirt that accumulated over the years.