A Mosquito-Free Summer

A Mosquito-Free Summer

Mosquito Control

Enjoy your summer without bites.

Getting bitten in your tent, or in your garage, or outside on the patio – not the fun parts of summer. Be prepared this year with mosquito repellents to avoid these pesky insects.

Doktor Doom Mosquito, Tick & Pesky Fly Repellent

Spray on clothing and exposed skin to repel ticks, mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies, stable flies, biting midges and chiggers. Unscented spray is ideal for those with sensitivities to artificial fragrances.

Mosquito Shield Coils

Ideal for camping and any other outdoor activities. This mosquito-repelling spiral releases the scent of citronella, and will be your ally outdoors. Each spiral provides 7 hours of protection. Available in a tin and sold separately.

Summit Mosquito Dunks

A Mosquito Dunk looks like a small, beige donut which floats on standing water. As the Dunk slowly dissolves, it releases a bacterium which is toxic to all species of mosquito larvae. Use in any standing water including rain barrels, bird baths, tree holes, elevator shafts, planter reservoirs, and rain gutters.

Wilson OneShot Mosquito & Flying Insect Spray

Controls insects both indoors and outdoors. Fast knock down action on a variety of flying insects including mosquitos, wasps, house flies and more Contains lemongrass essential oil for a fresh citron scent.

Mosquito Shield Combat Formula

With 30% DEET, this formula has protection for up to 8 hours. Effective against mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies, stable flies, ticks, biting midges and chiggers. Designed for outdoor activists in mind.

PiACTIVE Insect Repellent 40ml, 150g

Spray provides long-lasting, 12 hour effective
protection from mosquitoes and ticks, and 10 hour protection from black flies. Not oily, greasy or sticky.

Find what suits your needs.

Mosquitoes are able to pierce through your skin with a specialized organ called a proboscis. This is what allows them to draw the blood of you or your pet, which is an important nutrient source for female mosquitoes to reproduce.

Nonetheless, this behaviour is frustrating to us who want to enjoy our wonderful Alberta summers without itching constantly! This itching comes from the saliva of mosquitoes, to which our immune system quickly attempts to respond to. Our inflammation response creates the itchy, red, and swollen characteristics of bites – though a chemical called histamine. Everyone reacts differently to mosquito bites depending on the inner workings of their immune system.

You’ll find especially large quantities of mosquitoes in swamps, marshes, or wet terrain, where the bugs can lay their eggs.

A prelimary step to managing these pesky insects is to remove any still water from your area. A pond in your backyard can attract mosquitoes to your area. The same goes for birdbaths. If this is a part of your issue, try Summit Mosquito Dunks. This product will float and dissolve in water to kill off any mosquito larvae by using a special type of bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis. This species of bacteria only affects the larvae of some flying insects and will have no affect of humans. 

You can also grow certain plants in your garden as a fantastic natural preventative measure. Fragrant plants and flowers like sage, rosemary,  lemon grass, catmint, citronells, and lavender can overwhelm and repel bugs. These essential oils are found in products like Wilson’s Mosquito & Flying Insect Spray and Mosquito Sheild Coils.

DEET is found in Mosquito Sheild Combat Formula Spray and Doktor Doom Mosquito, Tick & Pesky Fly Repellent. It works by disrupting the sensory information of mosquitoes and similar insects. This can be applied directly to your clothes and skin to keep the bugs at bay.

By Julia Bowen

Sprouts vs Microgreens: What’s the Difference?

Sprouts vs Microgreens: What’s the Difference?

Sprouts and microgreens have been very popular for the past few years. Lots of people believe the two terms are interchangeable, but there are quite a few differences! We’ll go over nutrition contents, growing methods, and how to prepare them for consumption.

Sprouts consist of just the root and cotyledon (seed) leaves, which contain all the nutrients held within the seed. They’re filled with lots of protein and fibre despite their tiny size. Popular varieties of sprouts include broccoli, alfalfa, and mung bean, but there are plenty of other types for you to explore! Sprouts are a good option if you have little patience; it typically takes less than a week for them to be ready for harvest.

Sprouts are usually grown in a glass jar, so they take up very little space. They require no light, so they’re perfect for a countertop that doesn’t get much sun. There’s no growing medium involved in growing sprouts; they just need water. Because of this, you can eat the seed and root as well as the greens! Since they grow in a damp space with little ventilation, the seeds need to be rinsed and drained at least twice a day to prevent bacterial growth. If you spot mold growing in your sprouts, give them a rinse with some food-grade hydrogen peroxide then rinse thoroughly with water. Even taking these precautions, it’s recommended to cook the sprouts before consuming to ensure no bacteria remains. Sprouts are great in stir-fry!

Microgreens are more mature than sprouts, but still very young — around 1-3 weeks old. They’re old enough to have grown their first true leaves, so they’re more concentrated with nutrients than sprouts. Some microgreen varieties were also found to be up to 40% more nutrient-dense than their mature counterparts. Particularly, they are packed with iron, potassium, magnesium, copper, and zinc, as well as containing lots of antioxidants which are excellent for your general health. Popular microgreen varieties include beets, kale, sunflowers, and more.

Growing microgreens is similar to starting seeds. Typically, a tray of seed starter soil or a grow mat, such as the Terrafibre All-Natural Hemp Grow Mat, is used to grow microgreens. They require plenty of light and regular watering to grow properly. Misting several times a day with a spray bottle should suffice. Because they’re usually grown in soil, the seed and root are not consumed. Instead, it’s recommended to snip the greens at the soil line when it’s time to harvest. Microgreens are safer to eat raw than sprouts as they’re grown in light and open air. Some people still recommend to cook them lightly before consumption, but it’s up to personal preference. Microgreens should always be washed with cool water before eating. They’re delicious in salads and sandwiches!

Microgreens also have a more developed flavour than sprouts. Radish microgreens are especially zesty, and herbal varieties such as basil and oregano are quite popular as well. Microgreens can be grown of any plant of which you eat the leaves and stem; however, it’s not recommended to grow microgreens of fruiting plants, especially those in the nightshade family such as peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes. The foliage from these plants can make you very sick.

As you can see, there are many differences between sprouts and microgreens. They’re each nutritious in their own ways, and the growing methods differ greatly. They’re both fun and easy to grow, though, so have fun with all the different varieties available!

By Aaron Witherspoon

Photo credit Mumm’s Seeds

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Terrafibre All-Natural Hemp Grow Mat

Available in:

1 x 10″ x 20″

10 x 10″ x 20″

5 Low-Maintenance Houseplants for Easy Growing

5 Low-Maintenance Houseplants for Easy Growing

5 Low-Maintenance Houseplants for Easy Growing

For those who want plants without all the fuss, we’ve listed a few plants that can survive a bit of neglect. These colourful varieties will brighten up your home!

1. Snake Plants (Sansevieria spp) – These plants come in many shapes, colours, and sizes. Snake plants thrive on neglect. You only need to water every 2-6 weeks, and don’t worry if you don’t notice any new growth for a while; they are notoriously slow growers. Some varieties of snake plant include Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Laurentii, and Twisted Sister. As the name suggests, the Twisted Sister variety has leaves that curl in a spiral!

Sansevieria “Moonshine”

2. Pothos (Epipremnum spp) – Also known as Devil’s Ivy, these trailing plants are very popular for those who have difficulty caring for plants. They do well in most lighting conditions, including the fluorescent light of offices, although you should avoid direct sunlight. Place in an East-facing window for optimal light. They are happiest when they get watered every 1-2 weeks, or when their soil mostly dries out. Known to be very rapid growers, pothos can grow up to 1ft per month! Neon, Marble Queen, and Satin are just a few of the more colourful varieties available.

Pothos “Neon”

3. Air Plants (Tillandsia spp) – No soil required! Air plants are epiphytes, meaning they attach themselves to other plants and receive their water and nutrients from the air and humidity around them. You can place them on a shelf and they’ll be happy! They also enjoy a good misting every once in a while. They are happiest in bright, indirect light. All Tillandsias are flowering plants, and they like to change colours from silver-green to bright pink and red when they’re about to bloom. However, it might be a few years before you see any flowers; they are very slow growers. Some interesting varieties of Tillandsia include Maxima or Huamelula, Fuego, and Bulbosa.

Tillandsia xerographica

4. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema spp) – These plants are known for their ability to grow in nearly any light conditions, including fluorescent light and even shade! They thrive in moist soil; you can water them thoroughly every 1-2 weeks. Aglaonemas tend to grow rather slowly. They are beautiful plants with boldly patterned foliage. There are many varieties including Siam Aurora, White Calcite, and Lady Valentine.

Aglaonema “Siam Aurora”

5. Peperomia spp – These plants are very forgiving! Their round, thick leaves store plenty of moisture that they can use if you forget to water. Ideally, it’s best to water them every 1-2 weeks. Their growth rate is moderate, with trailing varieties growing around 2-4 ft per year. Bright to medium indirect light is where they’ll be happiest. Varieties of peperomia all look very different, with some examples being Rubella, Incana, and Caperata “Schumi Red.”

Peperomia caperata “Schumi Red”

Now that we’ve introduced you to these low-maintenance plants, you don’t need to worry about neglecting your greenery. Have fun brightening up your home with all the colourful varieties available!

by Aaron Witherspoon

Creating a Cat-friendly Garden

Creating a Cat-friendly Garden

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Skeddader Cat Deterrent 310g

Skeddader is a convenient, effective natural pet deterrent product used to change animal behavior in a kind, gentle way. Skeddader pet deterrent is all natural, made right here in Canada. It is biodegradable, environmentally friendly, and safe to use for your vegetation and plant life. And, it is safe for your pets and 2-legged loved ones.