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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 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.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 10, 2015 at 1:06am
Those vicious biting insects make me look forward to fall. I was out for twenty minutes one evening without covering my self in deep woods repellent and came in with about twenty chiggers buried iunder the backs of the legs. It took a week or so for the itching to stop.
The damned bugs love me!
Comment by Daniel W on August 9, 2015 at 1:14pm

I'm not a fan of humid midwest insects either.  I'm glad I don't have them here.  We do have a lot of fleas, courtesy of deer herds.  They are not as bad as those midwest insects.  When I was small, I was usually covered with welts from the insects on my skin.

 

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