Godless in the garden


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 4, 2016 at 10:21am

Last April, I planted 4 nut trees on "the farm". The two English walnuts made it, but the pecan trees didn't--or at least so I thought--until I went to water them today. Low and behold, there was a nice sprout coming up from the base of one. Nice surprise!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 3, 2016 at 8:02am

The only problem is, Daniel, we grow much more than we can eat! I'm thankful I only have one zucchini plant, and it is a volunteer! I have 5 in the fridge. And I may be turning green eating collards, chard, kale, and lettuce--not to  mention green beens. Then, there's sweet corn. Mercy!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 3, 2016 at 6:42am

Daniel, I like your wonderful harvest.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 3, 2016 at 6:41am

Kathy and Daniel, I saved your methods of killing ants.  Will try them the next time they show-up where they're not wanted.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2016 at 10:53pm

My daily dose of cheer, 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2016 at 9:00pm

Daniel, a beautiful harvest for breakfast and snacking on throughout the day!. 

I like the various ant remedies! It's great to have alternatives to try. 

Comment by Daniel W on August 2, 2016 at 8:27pm

I had a lot of weeds in some areas this year.  In some areas it's just too much work to remove them, like inside the deer cages I construct for fruit trees.  Summers here are very dry, so now is a good time to pull weeds and the areas stay clean for a while.

I don't know if they work, but here are some ant remedies.  I liked the idea of diatomaceous earth, since it's good for slugs too.  Also mixing Equal with apple juice, I guess you put that in their pathway, then they are attracted to the apple juice and get into it, and the equal kills them.  I don't know if it works.

Spud, I loved your method for ants.  I am anxious to see if it works here. 

Today's kitchen garden harvest.  I feel so blessed!

Also about 30 pounds of baking potatoes.  Will bake one for tomorrow's breakfast.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 2, 2016 at 6:16am

Have any of you tried this for an ant problem?  I tried it once this year, and it seemed to work.  I didn't use water because I forgot that part.

Patricia 4/15/15
The World’s Best Ant Killer
1 empty water bottle
(Cut it down to about 2″ tall)
5 Tbsp of baking soda
5 Tbsp of powdered sugar
3 Tbsp of water.
Take a small amount of powdered sugar & mix it with an equal amount of baking soda, then add the water. Powdered sugar (sometimes known as icing sugar) is essential. Do NOT substitute granulated sugar for this or it will NOT work.
Mix the two powders together and then place small amounts against the walls or other areas where you would not normally walk but where you would normally see the ants.
The ants will be attracted to the sugar and will eat some of it and collect more to take home to feed others, so all of them will get their share.
The sugar and baking soda powders are similar in size and, once mixed together, the ants cannot separate the two items, so, as they eat the sugar, they will also ingest the baking soda, which they would otherwise never touch. This is the reason for using powdered sugar.
Once the ants eat the baking soda it will react with the formic acid in their stomachs and cause gas. The bodies of ants are unlike humans and they cannot eliminate gas so it will build up inside and eliminate them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 11:37pm

Kathy, I agree. With your rain vinegar would be washed off and diluted. We have had cool weather and many showers this summer. I surely would like to send some of it to Spud. 

Comment by kathy: ky on August 1, 2016 at 9:40pm
I use vinegar to kill weeds and ants. But it's been so wet , hot and humid that the weeds are growing faster than I can pull them. This is the first time (that I remember) that the weeds have completely taken over the flower beds. Climate change is here and has been for several decades.

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