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Yamamoto Dendrobium nobile in Bloom. 3.20.18
Barbara, I am sorry to learn diatomaceous earth did not work for you. Sounds like you found a remedy that works for you. I have a lot of Equal in my basement. I don't like the metallic taste. Now, I can use it on any future ant problems. Thanks for the tip.
Chris, I took advantage of no shipping charge at Amazon and stocked up on colouring books today. I won't have to go out for months, lol. I found a coloring book to match the ORIGINAL Secret Garden, yeahhh!
Joan, I'm trying the baking soda/equal route with the ants. It has definitely reduced one large, and eliminated another. Or I think it has, it may just be all the rain has driven them underground. Once it stops raining and dries out completely they may come back or revive themselves. We'll see. I tried DE, and they just ignored it.
Spud, that is probably what I should have done with my strawberries. Next year I'm going to plant in hangers and get them up off ground.
I can almost see you, Barbara: the quiet concentration on plants, animals or beautiful things. The same here - I finished colouring my second mandala today.
When I planted my 2 Alpine strawberries almost 4 weeks ago, I pulled off all the flowers and just developing berries, so they wouldn't loose energy on berries until they established themselves.
I let any new ones alone, and today I found a small berry that had red on top and a light yellow bottom. I gave it a slight tug 90 degrees to the stem, and it came off easily. The flavor was dissapointing to say the least. Very bland. I'll wait longer before picking the next one to make sure it's ripe.
Barbara, what do you do to get rid of fire ants? Does the diotomacious earth work for them. Your weather may be too wet for that remedy.
Randy, I am very interested in your opinion of Gardens Alive. They are pricey, and I use a lot of their plant foods, even though I mix a lot of my own from formula recipes I get from an ancient Rodale book of formulas. I feel I have better control over what goes into my soil. At least, I know what goes in.
Randall, at least I know I'm not alone in dealing with hot, humid, and wet. Perfect growing conditions for my grass. At some point it should stop raining and things will dry out - then I can get out my scythe and start mowing. In the meantime, I have lots of green tomatoes that refuse to ripen.
Joan, so far, I have used nothing for insects. I guess I've been lucky, or maybe not wearing my glasses when I go out to the garden helps. :) I think it is simply too wet for both the good and bad insects. I did notice some aphids on the milkweed plant this morning. Other than that no insect activity. Just plants growing, growing, growing - except for those that simply gave up and drowned.
Chris, I haven't read The Secret Garden in years. I do however, have the mental images from reading it as a young girl and I think it is that memory that has inspired me to create my current space. I've become obsessed of late with Adult coloring books and there is one called "The Secret Garden" which I'm going to order.
Daniel, all I can say is when your "Walking Around" arrived in my mailbox this morning I simply sighed. Such a pleasant sight ... maybe in a few years my space will come close. Thanks for providing such good information and visual feasts.
Spud, I thought the lemon cucumbers would have a lemon flavor. Actually it is just the shape and color. Mine have more seeds than actual cucumber, so given a choice, I'll plant regular ones next year. And I find most cucumbers don't have much flavor either - old taste buds I guess. I just feel good about eating something good for me. :)
Joan, Gardens Alive is based in Indiana. I'd like to visit it sometime. As for my climate zone, it's 5 (50 miles NW of Indianapolis).
More rain overnight, this time with wind. Blew down some willow tree limbs (soft wood) which will take my chain saw to clean up. Worse than that, my sweet corn has been flattened. Happens EVERY year, I swear (and literally so). Cleaning up the yard and propping up the corn stalks is not my idea of spending a nice quiet Fathers Day.
Nice! The Secret Garden! It was my mother-in-law's favorite book. Would have been nice if she hadn't mixed it with half-baked xtian science ideas...
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