Godless in the garden

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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.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

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 Randall Smith on August 12, 2015 at 7:07am

Speaking of compost: I worked at my two piles yesterday. Had to remove the top layers to shovel out the composted bottom section. Then, return the "green" matter to the bottom. It takes a couple of years to rot. Seldom does my pile ever get hot--the stars have to be aligned just right! Patience is the word.

Comment by Plinius on August 12, 2015 at 12:46am

Animals always remind me how poor our senses are: I cleaned my kitchen quite thoroughly, packed the fruit and veg in plastic, left no washing up undone --- and after that I find a summit meeting of fruit flies in my blender, they seemed to think it was full of interest even after I cleaned the thing with very hot water. I couldn't see or smell anything!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on August 11, 2015 at 8:48am

Randall, I feel the same way and since most things are gasping from the heat I've put them out of their misery - and into compost pile.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 11, 2015 at 7:39am

My garden is so embarrassing to look at. I'm ashamed of the weeds. Once vegetables begin to spread out, especially the viney ones (sweet potatoes, cukes, squash, etc.), there's just no way to keep it weed free.

This is the time of year when I'm almost ready to "plow it all under", just to clean it up. Sweet corn is almost done, however. I'll soon be able to clean one-sixth of the garden.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 11, 2015 at 6:39am

Thank you all for the tried & true methods of reducing the number of fruit flies.  I've saved your methods to use when my kitchen becomes inundated again.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2015 at 12:57am

Chris, I am so glad you found ways to capture the devils. I use an old glass with apple cider vinegar in it and catch enough to turn the juice black. So, the old-fashioned ways of my grandmother work better than these new fangled, expensive ones. 

I use a fly strip over my compost pile outside. It gets full in the course of a summer. 

Comment by Plinius on August 11, 2015 at 12:47am

Thanks Joan, a beautiful trap, but very expensive! I use one of my own: an old glass with syrup and water and plastic over the top of the glass. Make a very small hole in the plastic and you're ready. I caught hundreds of fruit flies with it. And I hung up fly strips - the kitchen is calming down already!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2015 at 9:05pm

Blastit! Too many negative reviews on the fruit fly trap. I had a glimmer of hope, dashed by reality check!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2015 at 8:54pm

This came in this afternoon mail:

Fruit fly traps

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2015 at 12:53pm
 

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