How to keep that beautiful bouquet fresh and lovely? To a quart of water add two tablespoons each of white vinegar and sugar. The vinegar will help inhibit bacteria and the sugar nourishes the plant. Be sure to cut the stems at an angle and pop the flowers into the solution. Cut the stems every day to allow the water to be drawn up by the flowers.
The Slippery Slope
Yeah – a slippery slope to nowhere! At least for the ants that love to take over your hummingbird feeder. Ants are attracted to the nectar in the feeder and, being the highly social bugs that they are, will quickly “tell” all their little friends when they’ve found this seemingly never-ending source of food. Foil them by smearing the string or wire holding the feeder with petroleum jelly. Ants find it nearly impossible to cross a barrier with this sticky substance.