July 2019

4th of July has come and gone. America, yes!! Fireworks, no!! I spent the whole night hiding in the greenhouse.

Anyways, onto the monthly news.

Banting’s Coupons for Humans with Opposable Thumbs

My humans wanted me to inform you on their “genius” idea. You can have a weekly Banting’s coupon sent directly to your phone via text. Text BANTINGS1 to 484-848 for Banting’s in Bridge City. Text BANTINGS2 to 484-848 for Banting’s on the Northshore.

I’m not sure what’s so great about phones…although I don’t have opposable thumbs. Blasphemy! If I were a smart human, I would sign up for both coupons. I assume that would mean double the gardening savings?

 
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Mulching

As it is hot and dry here in Louisiana, make sure to mulch your plants. Mulching helps conserve

moisture and helps to suppress weeds….although mulch always seems to get in my fur!

Watch the video from my human plant experts for more info on proper mulching techniques.

 
 
 
 
 

Helpful Products:

Banting’s offers horticultural oils and insecticidal soaps that are a less-toxic option for controlling garden pests.

Pests like aphids…ughh…those little critters are annoying.

 
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Butterflies & Plumbago

Ahhh….the butterflies do love summertime blooms like Plumbago. The more butterfly plants you add,

the more pollinators you will help. Don’t feel like driving to the store to purchase your pollinator plants?

You can now be just as lazy as me, although I prefer the term regal. Banting’s now offers Free Delivery

via their new online shop. Check back each week for a new selection of plants.

https://bantingsnursery.com/shop

 
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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.

 
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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.

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May 2019

May has arrived! The weather is warm and it’s time for a month long cat nap……I mean a new blog….

If you haven’t already planted your warm season bedding plants, now is the time!

Dig out those cool season annuals (might I suggest using a dog for help) and replace them with warm season annuals that will thrive all summer long.

My humans have come up with a few ideas for your sun and shade gardens:

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What’s the Buzz: Bringing Pollinators to Your Garden

Pollinators are very important to the success of plants. Animals like hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, bats.

Pollinators are declining in numbers, so it’s best to help them out.

You can help create more nectar and pollen sources by planting flowering plants and trees. Help revive the health of pollinators!

Here is a video my humans created for plants that attract pollinators to your yard!

 
 
 

Pest Watch:

Those pesky aphids may be out in your garden. These insects use their piercing mouthparts to suck plant juices out of your plants.

If you have a small infestation, use a jet stream of water to knock them off your plants. Make sure to squish those bugs! (I like to use my claws) If you have a heavy infestation, there are options:

a) lady bugs- these beneficial insects eat aphids

b) insecticidal soap

c) horticultural oil

Banting’s offers these options and more in-store.

 
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Aphids on Oleander Plant

Lady Bugs Available at Banting’s!

Lady Bugs Available at Banting’s!

 
 

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! I’m not a huge fan of holidays, but MOMS ROCK!

I will be presenting my mom with a nice mouse…..but I hear that humans don’t love rodent gifts.

So I’ve compiled a list of the perfect gift ideas for mom. Make sure to call ahead to check our stock levels! We sell out quickly:

Knock Out Roses

Summer Crush Hydrangeas

Mother’s Day Container Gardens

Sun Hats

Banting’s Gift Cards

 
The Single Red Knock Out Rose

The Single Red Knock Out Rose

Summer Crush Hydrangeas

Summer Crush Hydrangeas

 
 
Mother’s Day Container Garden

Mother’s Day Container Garden

Banting’s Sun Hats

Banting’s Sun Hats

 
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