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Can a paper bag keeps wasps away?

For so many years now I have seen the paper bag trick that is supposed to keep wasps away. With the weather already well into the upper 80s, the wasps are very active, and they are always hovering near my front door entrance. It is believed that you can place a paper bag resembling a nest in areas where you want to keep them away. Wasps are territorial and tend to avoid areas where they think other colonies are established. The paper bag tricks them into thinking there's already a nest there, so they'll be less likely to build their own nearby.

I don't know what took my so long to test it out to see if it does actually work. I took a paper bag that I got from the liquor store and light stuffed it with plastic grocery bags to make it just poofy enough to resemble a wasps nest. I tied it with some twine and hung it on my deck rail that is closest to my front door. 

Did it work?

I have had it up for a little over a week and have not seen a single wasp on my front porch. I am so shocked because we all literally stay prepared when we get ready to open the front door since they are always out there waiting for us. It has been so nice to be able to feel a little safer to sit out front and not fear a wasp possibly attacking us. I am allergic to the sting, so I am extra worried when I am outside. 

So now my plan is to make another one for my back deck. Actually I might make two since it's more than triple the size of my front deck. Don't get me wrong, I will still have my handy bug zapper racket nearby just is case. One more thing I almost forgot to mention-- the fake wasp nest is also keeping the carpenter bees away as well! Although they are mostly harmless to people, they really can mess up anything that is made of wood by making deep holes in it. They are also a nuisance because of how they fly right up to you like they want to spar or something. Ha! No thanks!

So if you have been wondering if the paper bag trick works, I am here to tell you, YES! I am so happy I did it and will continue to do so forever. Have you tried it before? Thank you so much for stopping by today. 😊


Top Vegetables That Are Easy To Grow In Your Garden

Growing your own vegetables can be a rewarding experience, both for the taste of fresh produce and the satisfaction of knowing where your food comes from. However, not all vegetables are created equal when it comes to ease of growth. Here are a few vegetables that are relatively easy to grow and tips for controlling pests without chemicals. 

Easy-to-grow vegetables: 

  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are a classic garden staple and for good reason. They are relatively easy to grow, especially if you live in a warm climate. They do require a bit of staking or cage support, but once they get going they will produce an abundance of fruit.
  • Peppers: Peppers are another easy-to-grow option. You can choose from hot or sweet. They like warm weather, so make sure to plant them in a sunny spot. They also do well in containers, making them a great option for small spaces.
  • Cucumbers: Cucumbers are a great choice for a home garden. They grow quickly and don't require a lot of space. They also do well in containers, but make sure to provide a trellis or other support for the vine to climb. They do need a lot of water, especially if you live in a hot climate. Keep in mind that if you do plant in a container, you should water daily. Just make sure your container has adequate drain holes. 
  • Leafy Greens: Leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, bok choy and kale are easy to grow and can be planted in succession to ensure a continuous harvest throughout the growing season.
  • Okra: Okra are pretty hardy plants and grow quite tall as they give off fruit. It is important that you check them daily to harvest as needed. If you grow about 3-4 plants, you will get enough okra to add into your favorite recipes well through the summer. 

To control pests without chemicals, try using companion planting, row covers, and hand picking. Companion planting is the practice of planting certain crops together to discourage pests. For example, planting basil or marigolds near tomatoes can help deter tomato hornworms. Row covers can also be used to protect crops from pests. And hand picking pests off plants can be a simple and effective way to keep populations under control.

Another tip is to make sure your garden is healthy and strong, this will make it less attractive to pests and diseases. This can be achieved by ensuring your soil is rich in nutrients, providing adequate water, and choosing plants that are well suited to your climate.

In conclusion, growing your own vegetables can be a very rewarding and delicious experience, and there are many easy to grow options available. By using companion planting, row covers, hand picking and making sure your garden is healthy and strong, you can control pests without resorting to chemicals.

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