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Godless in the garden

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

Location: Planet Earth
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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 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
Comment by Randall Smith on August 10, 2015 at 7:15am

Joan, thanks for the info.

Chris, with all the fruit in my house, plus a "compost" bucket, I get fruit (banana) flies, too. I keep a permanent sticky fly strip hanging, which does a great job catching the little buggers. One has to be alert to prevent eggs from hatching.

Comment by Plinius on August 10, 2015 at 1:08am

Not many insects here, apart from the invasion of banana flies in my kitchen. How they breed! Guessing from the numbers, I think about six generations in an evening.

 

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