Friday, May 04, 2007

5 fun (gardening) facts for friday

1. Ladybugs are the most commonly used form of biological pest control because one adult ladybug can eat as many as 50 aphids (tiny soft bodied bugs that eat garden plants) a day!

2. The onion is a lily, botanically. Asparagus is also a member of the lily family. The name "asparagus" comes from a Greek word meaning "sprout".

3. Cool as a cucumber? It's true ... the inside of a cucumber on the vine measures as much as 20 degrees cooler than the outside air on a warm day.

4. The Daisy got its name because the yellow center resembled the sun. It was commonly known as the "day's eye" and over time, was eventually called daisy.

5. A hummingbird will feed at over 1,500 flowers in an average day.

and p.s. If a spider dismantles her web, that means a bad storm is near.


Matt-Man said...

I knew that about Lady Bugs...Wolf Spiders are good too, but they look vicious (although they arent).

--Matt-Man (Recovering Landscaper)

Have a lovely weekend Lisa!!

lisa said...

all spiders look vicious! we have huge spiders on our dock and they are nasty looking. here's an intersting documentary on the wood spiderLOL

and Matt-Man, you have a lovely weekend too. :-)

Just T said...

some interesting facts. I need to catch me a ladybug. Some bloody aphids are attacking my plants grrrr lol

Imma ( Alice) said...

Lisa, I love the cartoon and found the trivia very interesting. Thanks for sharing this, I really enjoyed it.

BTW, I've tagged you for a fun, easy, interesting meme. Come on over and find out about it.

lisa said...

Hi T - I never knew ladybugs were so useful!

Glad you enjoyed, Imma. I will head over to your place now. :-)

Travis said...

There is no way you can convince me that it's a good thing not to kill the spiders.

Kate said...

OK after all the spiders we had last year, that last fact was pretty neat to read. Had no idea. Now I am going to be paying attention to that!