June 2019

The Louisiana heat really mats my fur. Summer is here and I plan to catnap by the pool.

Nevertheless, I have kept up my duties as Banting’s nature news blogger. So let’s dive in…

Water, Water, Water!

I’ve learned that water is very important to plants and cats in the summer!

Friendly reminder to water your plants thoroughly and don’t forget to provide daily water for your pets.


Heat Tolerant Plants

Planting heat tolerant plants is a very important step to garden during the Louisiana summer.

Here is a great list I’ve compiled to help your garden beat the heat.

Make sure to call ahead as Banting’s inventory changes daily.

Heat Tolerant Plants:

  • Portulaca

  • Blue My Mind Blue Daze

  • Coleus

  • Caladiums

  • Sunflowers

  • Torenia (aka Wishbone Flower)

  • Celosia

  • Vinca

  • Angelonia

  • Sweet Potato Vine

  • Impatiens

  • Pentas

  • Lantana

  • Mexican Heather

  • Salvia

  • Rudbeckia (black-eyed susan)

  • Gomphrena

    Learn more about heat tolerant plants from my humans. Watch the video!


Pest Watch:

Tomatoes are popular vegetable grown in the home garden. Planting heat tolerant tomato varieties during the summer is a must!

Be on the look out for the tomato hornworm. Tomato hornworms are large green caterpillars. These critters a no-go in your vegetable garden.

They will eat the leaves of your tomato plant and can easily strip the leaves in a few days!

These large caterpillars can easily be identified with a green body and red horn on its back end.

Tomato Hornworm

Tomato Hornworm

If infestation is light, handpick the caterpillars off the plant and dispose of them.

Apply ladybugs as beneficial insects. They will eat the eggs.

Use BT or spinosad as an organic insecticide if needed. Weekly applications will be needed.

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National Pollinator Week!

Celebrate National Pollinator Week June 17th-23rd!

Pollinators are things like bees, butterflies, birds, and bats.

I’ve been instructed not to eat them………..as I do enjoy the occasional bird. The nursery frowns upon it.

Pollinator populations are changing.

Many pollinator populations are in decline and this decline is attributed most severely to a loss in feeding and nesting habitats.

Pollution, the misuse of chemicals, disease, and changes in climatic patterns are all contributing to shrinking and shifting pollinator populations. 

You can help by creating pollinator-friendly habitats. Visit pollinator.org to learn more.