Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Natural Pest Control


While we were on our vacation to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, they had several workshops and presentations, including one of our favorites from Ron Dudek about "Carnivorous Plants"!


We learned about some of our NC native plants including pitcher plants and the venus fly trap.

We were thrilled, because at last we knew how to care for the venus fly trap plants. I always have been fascinated with them, but never wanted to buy them, because I just knew they would always die. Now, thanks to Ron, I know that they like peat moss and perlite only and distilled water only and you can only activate their 'trapping mechanism' 5-7 times before it runs out of energy and dies without 'food' (meaning bugs!)




So Andy bought me two! Like a proud new mama, I took pictures of them when we got home. If you look carefully, you can see that one of the leaves is closed on a tiny fly! We were all so excited - we must have ten pictures of these plants :)

Well, they should have plenty of bugs to keep them healthy around here and I am enjoying my new "All Natural Pest Control" !

The Creation Museum trip was a great educational and fun vacation and you can find out more about the plants as well as the "expert" on carnivorous plants here:



Have a great week!
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11 comments:

  1. I wish I had known that about the Venus fly traps! In SC, we had a lot of problems with flies, so one year we went to the store and bought a whole bunch of them...yet they all died rather quickly! (and we still had the fly problem...lol)

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  2. I've always wanted to get one of those!

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  3. I would LOVE to get a venus fly trap! I think my kids would love it.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your comment and encouragement about my weight loss journey made me smile! I was feeling a bit discouraged and it was just what I needed!

    I LOVE your blog...and your CM quote.

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  4. I am so glad to have found your site! I look forward to following along!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  5. I know - while he was explaining about how to take care of those cool plants, I just kept thinking about the needless carnage I was responsible for as a kid because I just couldn't leave those poor things alone! lol!

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  6. I love venus fly traps! In college, my roommate and I bought one as a pet ;) We named her Rose and shooed bugs her way. Very cool plants.

    Stacy

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  7. Very interesting blog! I was so excited to see your homeschooling tabs... I don't have very many homeschooling followers yet! I need all the input, advice, and information I can possibly get on the subject. It's my first year of teaching the kiddos. My oldest starts Kindergarten this year, the other two are 3 and 2 years old.

    Stop by and see me some time, and thanks for the add on Blogfrog!

    ox,
    Jenny

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  8. Stopping by from the Homeschool Crew. Looking forward to looking through your blog.

    http://www.lightlibertyandlearning.blogspot.com/

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  9. I love venus fly traps.

    Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.
    Have a nice day!

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  10. Hi, and thanks for your comment on my blog (Mexico trip highlights, Plans4You)!

    We had a Venus FlyTrap years ago, but didn't know all these things about it, so it died. My boys also put dead bugs they found in it, and I don't think it liked that too well, LOL! (Little boys, what are you going to do?)

    Have a blessed day,
    IllinoisLori at Plans4You

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  11. Way too cool. Just found your blog and love it!

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