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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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Welcome to Eden!

If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

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Comment by Daniel W on August 11, 2014 at 10:06pm

Randall glad you got rain.  We are in our usual all-summer dry spell with temp today at 100F.  Too hot to do much other than stand and water, and venture out once in a while to pick fruits and veggies.

 

 

Spud, popcorn was worth a try. If I get my deerfence in I might try sweet corn.

We also got some okra, enough for a stir fry, tomatoes, and blackberries.  Pears are ripe now too.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 11, 2014 at 7:16am

Hurray! Got a half inch of rain yesterday! That's the good news (for the garden). Bad news is I got caught in the downpour while walking the dog, 3 miles away from home. I sat on someone's porch for 30'. They weren't home--probably at church! Fools.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 9, 2014 at 7:46am

I bought a brand of popcorn that had hard pieces left after it popped.  After trying it a couple of times, I didn't touch it for several months, and finally decided to get rid of it.  So, into the compost pile it went.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 9, 2014 at 7:41am

How'd your popcorn wind up in the compost pile, Spud? 

I tried growing popcorn last year, but forgot this year. It didn't turn out too well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2014 at 2:20pm

My popcorn patch in the compost pile:

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2014 at 7:43am

Cenek, I don't know either.  They don't look like kissing bugs to me, but then you can see them better than I can.

I've never heard of kissing bugs either, but they sound dangerous. I'm glad they only exist in the south (I think).

Comment by Randall Smith on August 8, 2014 at 7:36am

Gee Cenek, I don't know what you have on your zukes. I get squash bugs on my winter squash, but not zucchinies. Never heard of  kissing bugs.

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on August 7, 2014 at 6:31pm

I've been watching these bugs live on my zuchini plant for a while now. I don't know if they are harmful or not. They seem to congregate on the underside of the leaves during the day, and on the zuchini fruit and flowers during the cooler hours. There are many hundreds of them, yet it was difficult to get a good photo of them.

Bugs

Big, Healthy Leaves

My current suspicion is that these bugs are eating on the plant. I found egg clusters, and it is easy to see the varying stages of growth. They almost look like Kissing Bugs (Triatominae), perhaps they are in the same family. 

On the other hand, I'd hate to remove a beneficial bug as the plant is very healthy and is the best producer. There is no blemish on the zucchini fruit. They do not touch any other zucchini plant.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2014 at 5:19pm

Has anyone noticed a lack of house flies this year?  I've seen very few.

I've always thought they were mostly just a nuisance, but reading about them on Wikipedia, it appears they carry a lot of bad diseases, so I'm glad to see very few this year.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2014 at 8:55am

Of course, the rain means little sun and low temperatures.  My melons are sulking.  It got down to 53 F this morning.

 

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