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continued on page 44 at least six months before planting. This allows time for the worms and benefcial insects to come and help kill the grass and weed areas and decompose the cardboard. Weed, Pest Control The majority of the time, Lipsey's garden thrives because she plants drought- tolerant fowers, shrubs and vegetables native to the South. Even her praying mantises, which are a safe alternative to pesticides for controlling insects and bugs, are native to the area. "You want to look for the brown Carolina praying mantis," she says. "The green ones are from Asia and are not native. Why introduce something foreign into your garden?" When dealing with problem insects, Lipsey recommends using an organic solution such as horticultural oil or neem oil. Both can be purchased online, at garden stores and are safe for bee pollinators. For killing weeds, she suggests two alternatives to chemicals. For the frst, combine one gallon of vinegar with one ounce of dish soap in a spray bottle. Generously spray weeds in the garden, but only when the forecast calls for two consecutive days of sunshine. A second method, using baking soda, is mainly used for eliminating weeds in sidewalks and pavement areas. Simply take the powdered baking soda and sweep it into cracks and pavement spaces. BALLANTYNE | feature When dealing with problem insects, Lipsey recommends using an organic solution such as horticultural oil or neem oil. The garden is a blend of fowers, shrubs, vegetables and herbs. SPRING 2016 42 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE