PREVUE PET PRODUCTS COCKATIEL TRIPLE ROOF BIRD CAGE – WHITE/BLUE – MEDIUM

PREVUE PET PRODUCTS COCKATIEL TRIPLE ROOF BIRD CAGE – WHITE/BLUE – MEDIUM

House your birds in style with this lovely bird cage. Small- to medium-size birds will be right at home as they play on the perches and feed from the included dishes. The wire cage and molded plastic base are easy to clean with soap and water. Size: Md. Color: White/Blue.

PREVUE PET PRODUCTS PR42614 26 IN. X 14 IN. X 36 IN. FLIGHT CAGE – 2-CASE

PREVUE PET PRODUCTS PR42614 26 IN. X 14 IN. X 36 IN. FLIGHT CAGE – 2-CASE

Flight cage with two large front doors. 1/2″ wire spacing. Available in assorted colors. Please let us choose for you. 2 hooded feed/water cups. 2 large front doors. 4 wood perches. A pull out tray with bottom grille.

Best Pro Tips for a Bountiful Harvest

Best Pro Tips for a Bountiful Harvest
By Marissa

You dreamed. You planned.

You tilled soil. You amended.

You planted. You watered.

You Sweated.  You Fretted.

You pulled weeds…the endless weeds.

Now you wait for your plants – your babies – to grow up and ultimately tell you if you did a good job raising them (children grow up so fast, don’t they?) at harvest time.

Is there more you can do to help them produce more, and be the best plants they can be?  Of course!

Here’s just a few Pro Tips for you to make your vegetable harvests more bountiful, and beautiful.  Enjoy!

 

Pro-Tip #2 – Strategic Fertilizing Plan

About a month ago I wrote an article for you, Top 10 Fertilizing Tips, that has some good information on when to give your plants a good boost of nutrients.  During the time when plants are turning flowers into fruits, they are using the most energy, and thus need more fuel to power these fruit miracles.  Fertilizer is like a vitamin drink to an athlete – giving vital nutrients that are needed to create the end product.  There are many different kinds of fertilizer out there – there’s (arguably) no wrong answer to the question of what to use, as long as you’re following the recommended application directions (or in the case of organics like compost, compost tea, and the like, applying a few times a week and watering in).

Pro-Tip #4 – No Place for Suckers

You’re probably thinking…suckers? Is she just trying to be clever or “hip”?  Well, maybe.  But suckers are extra branches off the main stem that don’t serve much of a purpose except extra photosynthesis.  You might think that more photosynthesis is good, right?

Sure, in some cases.  But when your plants reach the flowering and fruiting stage, like the plant shown to the right here, it’s got plenty of energy creation potential with the leaves that it already has.  If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be able to produce the flowers and fruit.

The reason these are called “suckers” is because they “suck” energy from fruit production, making the plant focus on new branches AND fruiting.  It’s too much.  You’ll get more flowers and fruit when you prune these away.

But don’t worry, the trimmings don’t have to go to waste.  You can create new plants by rooting these trimmings! You’ll get the same exact species of plant, and a second helping of tomatoes a little later on!

 

Pro-Tip #1 – Pollination

Pollination of your plants’ flowers is the key to making fruit (which contains the seeds).  We mostly rely on local insect pollinator populations to do that work for us, however, in many cases you can help too.

In squash, for example, there are clearly defined male and female flowers.  The female flowers are attached to what look like baby zucchini or whatever type you’re growing, sometimes called the “budding fruit” – it’s actually an ovum.  The male flowers look like just a regular flower on a stem, with an anther holding a lot of yellow pollen grains.  Pollination happens when pollen from the male stamen is physically taken from the male and lands on the female flower’s pistil structure. 

Since in the case of squash these flowers are in different locations, maybe even on different plants, the female is really lucky to get pollinated at all!  It’s the miracle of life, we’re all born of luck, right?

The good news is, you can help increase the odds of successful pollination!  Use a small artist paintbrush to collect some pollen from the male, then paint it on the female pistil. Voila! You’ve made a squash baby!  You can actively look for female flowers each morning and find a male flower to “rob” for the purpose of creating fruit.  

Be careful not to cross-pollinate – yellow squash and zucchini will pollinate each other’s females, and you’ll get some weird fruit – and the seeds from those are usually sterile, and/or not true to their parents.  It happens by accident sometimes and that’s ok.  Also, this pollination technique works for other plants, like cucumbers, tomatoes and more.

Pro-Tip #3 – Pick Often to Produce More

Believe it or not, some plants will produce a lot more seeds/fruit when you harvest the ones it’s already growing.  Green beans, for instance, whether the bush or the pole variety, will push out more flowers after a harvest and set more seed pods when you harvest the ones that it’s already working on.

You see, it’s all about the biological processes of survival.  If a plant “thinks” that it doesn’t have any seeds to drop and procreate itself, it will immediately put on more flowers and create more seed pods.  If you take those pods away, it will start over, and over, and over, until it’s exhausted.  This is how beans give us such bountiful harvests time and again.  Tomatoes also do this to a certain extent, as do peppers, cucumbers, and many more flowering fruit plants. Try it and keep score!

I hope you enjoyed these tips for getting more yield from the garden.  I’m sure there are many more things we could talk about, but these are the ones on my mind right now.

Do you have your own great advice for getting better yields?  Share with the community.

I look forward to hearing from you.

In the meantime – enjoy the bounty that we can grow with our own two hands and a fair amount of sweat equity.  Eat well and be well in the garden!

Sincerely,

Marissa

 

Marissa – Writer for Shell's Feed & Garden Supply

I'm an over-educated, passionate, gardening and pet enthusiast, and I have found the perfect job! My writing is based on my studies in Biology and Health, and my experiences from gardening with my family as a child. 
The great thing about gardening is that it is a life-long learning process. The many blunders and successes of my own gardening projects over the years have been invaluable to me.  The late, great, J.C. Raulston once said, "If you're not killing plants, you're not stretching yourself as a gardener." Learn by doing, gain knowledge from the failures, but more importantly, relish the successes, (because they're delicious!)  Thanks for reading!
Special thank you to Abby's Farms, where the photo on the left was taken. Shell's Feed & Garden Supply sponsors the chickens and chicken coops there. Visit their website here.

 

KAYTEE MEALWORM POUCH 17.06 OZ

KAYTEE MEALWORM POUCH 17.06 OZ

Kaytee Mealworms are an excellent, high – protein food source for many wild birds., Mealworms can be used alone in a feeder or mixed with your favorite wild bird seed., Attracts bluebirds, cardinals, chickadees, woodpeckers, wrens, robins and hard to attract songbirds, Important source of food for baby birds, The nutritional value of live mealworms, without the inconvenience. Bird Type: Wild Birds Net Weight: 17.6 oz Ingredients: Dried Mealworms.

KAYTEE MEALWORM POUCH

KAYTEE MEALWORM POUCH

Kaytee Mealworms are an excellent, high – protein food source for many wild birds., Mealworms can be used alone in a feeder or mixed with your favorite wild bird seed., Attracts bluebirds, cardinals, chickadees, woodpeckers, wrens, robins and hard to attract songbirds, Important source of food for baby birds, The nutritional value of live mealworms, without the inconvenience. Bird Type: Wild Birds Net Weight: 7 oz Ingredients: Dried Mealworms.

KAYTEE FIESTA YOGURT DIPPED COCKATIEL TREAT STRAWBERRY/BANANA FLAVOR 3.5OZ (3 PACK)

KAYTEE FIESTA YOGURT DIPPED COCKATIEL TREAT STRAWBERRY/BANANA FLAVOR 3.5OZ (3 PACK)

Kaytee Fiesta yogurt dipped treat in strawberry/banana flavor for cockatiel. Tropical fruit and yogurt mix is a blend of delicious dried tropical fruits and crunchy fortified nuggets with a smooth, creamy, fruit flavored yogurt coating. This tropical combination is a healthy and fun treat for pet. Designed for medium size birds. Available in 3.5-ounce. Feeding instructions, treats add variety and can be fed up to 20-percent of the total food intake. Discard unused portion if soiled. The majority of pet’s diet should consist of one of Kaytee’s nutritionally fortified diets, such as fiesta max, forti-diet pro health or exact branded products.

TIEL HONEY STICK, 4 OZ

TIEL HONEY STICK, 4 OZ

Tiel Honey Stick, 4 Oz: Kaytee Forti diet is a fast and convenient way to feed your birdHealthy and satisfying to eatMade for CockatielsEasy to place in their cageMade with millet, canary grass seed, sunflower, red millet, oat groats, wheat, ground corn, gelatin, dehulled soybean meal and more.

HIKARI SAKI- TURTLE FLOATING FOOD: MEDIUM PELLET – 7.05 OZ

HIKARI SAKI- TURTLE FLOATING FOOD: MEDIUM PELLET – 7.05 OZ

Saki-Hikari Turtle Food includes a probiotic-enhanced nutrient mix with a clean water formation and uniquely balanced Odor-Stop ingredients. It’s an excellent source of essential calcium, Vitamin D and other beneficial nutrients for your pet. In other words, it’s a lot more than just turtle food! – Ideal nutrient mix for most aquatic turtles – Uniquely balanced odor-stop ingredients – Lab verified to result in cleaner water Saki-Hikari is a floating type, medium-sized aquatic turtle food. Probiotics support intestinal flora and remain active in your turtle’s waste to help with decomposition, resulting in improved water quality. Requires no supplemental feeding. Feeding Directions: Feed the amount your turtle will consume within a few minutes once daily. Use as a daily diet without interruption or mixing with other diets for maximum benefit. Ingredients: Fish Meal, Wheat Flour, Dried Bakery Product, Soybean Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Wheat Germ Meal, Flaked Corn, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Sucrose Polyesters, Dried Seaweed Meal, Rice Bran, DL-Methionine, Rosemary Oil, Thyme Oil, Oregano Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil, Garlic, Dried Green Tea Leaves, Dried B. Subtilis Fermentation Product, Astaxanthin, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (stabilized Vitamin C), Inositol, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K Activity), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Disodium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Lactate, Ferrous Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Cobalt Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Selenium Yeast. Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein (min) – 41.0%Crude Fat (min) – 4.0%Crude Fiber (max) – 2.0%Moisture (max) – 10.0%Crude Ash (max) – 14.0%Phosphorus (min) – 1.0% Hikari Saki-Hikari Turtle Floating Food: Medium Pellet – 7.05 oz #43624 – Aquatic Turtle Food – Medium Pellet.

HIKARI SAKI- TURTLE FLOATING FOOD: MEDIUM PELLET – 1.59 OZ

HIKARI SAKI- TURTLE FLOATING FOOD: MEDIUM PELLET – 1.59 OZ

Saki-Hikari Turtle Food includes a probiotic-enhanced nutrient mix with a clean water formation and uniquely balanced Odor-Stop ingredients. It’s an excellent source of essential calcium, Vitamin D and other beneficial nutrients for your pet. In other words, it’s a lot more than just turtle food! – Ideal nutrient mix for most aquatic turtles – Uniquely balanced odor-stop ingredients – Lab verified to result in cleaner water Saki-Hikari is a floating type, medium-sized aquatic turtle food. Probiotics support intestinal flora and remain active in your turtle’s waste to help with decomposition, resulting in improved water quality. Requires no supplemental feeding. Feeding Directions: Feed the amount your turtle will consume within a few minutes once daily. Use as a daily diet without interruption or mixing with other diets for maximum benefit. Ingredients: Fish Meal, Wheat Flour, Dried Bakery Product, Soybean Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Wheat Germ Meal, Flaked Corn, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Sucrose Polyesters, Dried Seaweed Meal, Rice Bran, DL-Methionine, Rosemary Oil, Thyme Oil, Oregano Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil, Garlic, Dried Green Tea Leaves, Dried B. Subtilis Fermentation Product, Astaxanthin, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (stabilized Vitamin C), Inositol, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K Activity), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Disodium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Lactate, Ferrous Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Cobalt Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Selenium Yeast. Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein (min) – 41.0%Crude Fat (min) – 4.0%Crude Fiber (max) – 2.0%Moisture (max) – 10.0%Crude Ash (max) – 14.0%Phosphorus (min) – 1.0% Hikari Saki-Hikari Turtle Floating Food: Medium Pellet – 1.59 oz #43622 – Aquatic Turtle Food – Medium Pellet.

ZILLA REPTILE FOOD LAND TURTLE & TORTOISE FORTIFIED, 6.5-OUNCE

ZILLA REPTILE FOOD LAND TURTLE & TORTOISE FORTIFIED, 6.5-OUNCE

Turtle owners prize an active pet with varied, vivid shell color. Zilla food is formulated to deliver both, plus the life-lengthening mineral blend owners can’t recreate with table scraps or do-it-yourself pet nutrition. 40+ individual ingredients are combined to match the diet of flowers, berries, plants and insects land turtles enjoy in the wild. For extra appeal, we gave each nugget a flower shape. It’s all in one easy-to-use screw top jar, safely blended for year-round daily feeding. Just one look at the eye catching label makes it easy to find the right food.

ZILLA FORTIFIED JUVENILE IGUANA FOOD – 6.5 OZ

ZILLA FORTIFIED JUVENILE IGUANA FOOD – 6.5 OZ

Healthy-start food for young daily feeders, which promotes healthy tissue and bones. Rich in calcium and other nutrients. Necessary minerals are blended with a mix of plant and flower analogues. An ideal food for a long life of glowing good health.

ZOO MED REPTI BASKING SPOT LAMP WITH UVA: 150 WATT – (1 BULB)

ZOO MED REPTI BASKING SPOT LAMP WITH UVA: 150 WATT – (1 BULB)

Zoo Med Reptile Basking Spot Lamp is a unique patented double reflector focuses 35% more heat and light into a tight beam. Perfect for use with high heat basking reptiles, such as tropical and desert species. – Unique patented double reflector focuses 35% more heat and light – Tighter beam creates a more effective basking site than other reflector bulbs – Perfect for use with high heat basking reptiles Zoo Med Reptile Basking Spot Lamp provides beneficial UVA rays which promote stuff like breeding, feeding and are beneficial to your reptile’s psychological well-being. Increases the overall ambient air temperature, necessary for the proper health of all reptiles and amphibians. Creates the proper heat gradients necessary for thermoregulation. Perfect for use in Zoo Med’s “vertically mounted” Slider Hood! 3 month manufacturer warranty. FAQ: Q: How can I get the maximum out of a lamp? A: Minimizing handling: lamps that get moved or vibrated burn out quickly. Make sure that the fixture isnt being moved regularly. It is best to use a quality ceramic socket, not a plastic socket. You can check your fixture by unplugging it and looking at the metal tab in the center – where the bulb screws in. This tab can be pulled slightly forward to ensure that it makes a good contact with the bulb. Q: Does this lamp emit UVB? A: These lamps are primarily a heat source. They generate UVA but not UVB. Q: Does this lamp emit UVA? A: Yes. This lamp provides beneficial UVA rays which promote breeding and feeding and are beneficial to your reptiles well being. Q: How long should I leave this lamp on each day? A: This lamp should be on for 10 – 12 hours a day to maintain your animals day and night cycle. Zoo Med Zoo Med Repti Basking Spot Lamp with UVA: 150 Watt – (1 Bulb) #SL150 – Reptile Incandescent Bulbs.

ZOO MED REPTI BASKING SPOT LAMP WITH UVA: 100 WATT – (1 BULB)

ZOO MED REPTI BASKING SPOT LAMP WITH UVA: 100 WATT – (1 BULB)

Zoo Med Reptile Basking Spot Lamp is a unique patented double reflector focuses 35% more heat and light into a tight beam. Perfect for use with high heat basking reptiles, such as tropical and desert species. – Unique patented double reflector focuses 35% more heat and light – Tighter beam creates a more effective basking site than other reflector bulbs – Perfect for use with high heat basking reptiles Zoo Med Reptile Basking Spot Lamp provides beneficial UVA rays which promote stuff like breeding, feeding and are beneficial to your reptile’s psychological well-being. Increases the overall ambient air temperature, necessary for the proper health of all reptiles and amphibians. Creates the proper heat gradients necessary for thermoregulation. Perfect for use in Zoo Med’s “vertically mounted” Slider Hood! 3 month manufacturer warranty. FAQ: Q: How can I get the maximum out of a lamp? A: Minimizing handling: lamps that get moved or vibrated burn out quickly. Make sure that the fixture isnt being moved regularly. It is best to use a quality ceramic socket, not a plastic socket. You can check your fixture by unplugging it and looking at the metal tab in the center – where the bulb screws in. This tab can be pulled slightly forward to ensure that it makes a good contact with the bulb. Q: Does this lamp emit UVB? A: These lamps are primarily a heat source. They generate UVA but not UVB. Q: Does this lamp emit UVA? A: Yes. This lamp provides beneficial UVA rays which promote breeding and feeding and are beneficial to your reptiles well being. Q: How long should I leave this lamp on each day? A: This lamp should be on for 10 – 12 hours a day to maintain your animals day and night cycle. Zoo Med Zoo Med Repti Basking Spot Lamp with UVA: 100 Watt – (1 Bulb) #SL100 – Reptile Incandescent Bulbs.

ZOO MED REPTI BASKING SPOT LAMP WITH UVA: 50 WATT – (1 BULB)

ZOO MED REPTI BASKING SPOT LAMP WITH UVA: 50 WATT – (1 BULB)

Zoo Med Reptile Basking Spot Lamp is a unique patented double reflector focuses 35% more heat and light into a tight beam. Perfect for use with high heat basking reptiles, such as tropical and desert species. – Unique patented double reflector focuses 35% more heat and light – Tighter beam creates a more effective basking site than other reflector bulbs – Perfect for use with high heat basking reptiles Zoo Med Reptile Basking Spot Lamp provides beneficial UVA rays which promote stuff like breeding, feeding and are beneficial to your reptile’s psychological well-being. Increases the overall ambient air temperature, necessary for the proper health of all reptiles and amphibians. Creates the proper heat gradients necessary for thermoregulation. Perfect for use in Zoo Med’s “vertically mounted” Slider Hood! 3 month manufacturer warranty. FAQ: Q: How can I get the maximum out of a lamp? A: Minimizing handling: lamps that get moved or vibrated burn out quickly. Make sure that the fixture isnt being moved regularly. It is best to use a quality ceramic socket, not a plastic socket. You can check your fixture by unplugging it and looking at the metal tab in the center – where the bulb screws in. This tab can be pulled slightly forward to ensure that it makes a good contact with the bulb. Q: Does this lamp emit UVB? A: These lamps are primarily a heat source. They generate UVA but not UVB. Q: Does this lamp emit UVA? A: Yes. This lamp provides beneficial UVA rays which promote breeding and feeding and are beneficial to your reptiles well being. Q: How long should I leave this lamp on each day? A: This lamp should be on for 10 – 12 hours a day to maintain your animals day and night cycle. Zoo Med Zoo Med Repti Basking Spot Lamp with UVA: 50 Watt – (1 Bulb) #SL50 – Reptile Incandescent Bulbs.

TETRAFAUNA TETRA REPTOMIN FLOATING FOOD STICKS: 2.64 LBS – (BAG)

TETRAFAUNA TETRA REPTOMIN FLOATING FOOD STICKS: 2.64 LBS – (BAG)

Tetrafauna ReptoMin is a long-standing favorite among breeders and pet turtle enthusiasts alike. ReptoMin Floating Food Sticks provide excellent nutrition and high palatability, and are great for all water turtles, amphibians and other aquatic reptiles. – High in nutritional value – Scientifically formulated diet with calcium & vitamin C – For aquatic turles, newts and frogs High in nutritional value and manufactured to strict quality standards, ReptoMin products have proven to be readily accepted by dozens of species. Pet Mountain is proud to offer discount bulk pet products. Made in Germany. Feeding Instructions: Feed one to two times per day only as much as your pet can consume within several minutes. Also try TetraFauna ReptoTreat Foods for added variety. Ingredients: Fish Meal, Wheat Starch, Dried Yeast, Corn Flour, Shrimp Meal, Wheat Gluten, Potato Protein, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Soybean Oil, Monobasic Calcium Phosphate, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Lecithin, Algae Meal, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Inositol, Niacin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (stabilized Vitamin C), D-Calcium Pantothenate, A-Tocopherol-Acetate, Riboflavin-5-Phosphate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridixone Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Palmitate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Cyanocobalamin, Cholecalciferol, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Cobalt Sulfate, Artificial Colors, Blue 2 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Ethoxyquin as a Preservative. Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein (min) – 42.5%Crude Fat (min) – 8.5%Crude Fiber (max) – 2.0%Moisture (max) – 8.0%Phosphorus (min) – 1.8%Calcium (min) – 3%Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) (min) – 100 mg/kg Tetrafauna Tetra ReptoMin Floating Food Sticks: 2.64 lbs – (Bag) #16266 – Aquatic Turtle Food – Feeding.

THE GUIDE TO OWNING BURMESE PYTHONS

THE GUIDE TO OWNING BURMESE PYTHONS

Of all the giant snakes, the atttractive and often gentle Burmese Python is the most popular and available. This introduction to its care details the problems that might be encountered in housing and feeding this snake as well as the thrill of breeding it. Fully illustrated in color.

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