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 8, 2014 at 7:36am

Gee Cenek, I don't know what you have on your zukes. I get squash bugs on my winter squash, but not zucchinies. Never heard of  kissing bugs.

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on August 7, 2014 at 6:31pm

I've been watching these bugs live on my zuchini plant for a while now. I don't know if they are harmful or not. They seem to congregate on the underside of the leaves during the day, and on the zuchini fruit and flowers during the cooler hours. There are many hundreds of them, yet it was difficult to get a good photo of them.


Big, Healthy Leaves

My current suspicion is that these bugs are eating on the plant. I found egg clusters, and it is easy to see the varying stages of growth. They almost look like Kissing Bugs (Triatominae), perhaps they are in the same family. 

On the other hand, I'd hate to remove a beneficial bug as the plant is very healthy and is the best producer. There is no blemish on the zucchini fruit. They do not touch any other zucchini plant.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2014 at 5:19pm

Has anyone noticed a lack of house flies this year?  I've seen very few.

I've always thought they were mostly just a nuisance, but reading about them on Wikipedia, it appears they carry a lot of bad diseases, so I'm glad to see very few this year.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2014 at 8:55am

Of course, the rain means little sun and low temperatures.  My melons are sulking.  It got down to 53 F this morning.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2014 at 8:53am

Randall, thanks for the reminder.  Next year I plan on planting cukes and dill.

It's been dry here all spring and summer, but we finally got an inch of rain in the last few days.  Yay!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 7, 2014 at 7:07am

We need rain! The garden isn't stressed yet, but it could use a drink. The good news is I finally caught my pesky mole!  I do it the old fashion way--patience with a shovel in hand. He tested my patience!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 5, 2014 at 6:38am

And I made a batch of dill pickles from my own cukes and dill weed.

Time to plant seeds for a fall crop of peas and lettuce.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 9:29pm

I spent all spring and summer, until now, clearing out the weeds and jungle, so didn't get my vegetable seeds into the seed starter. Now, I really regret it as I read about all the fresh vegetables out of your gardens and the delightful meals you create. I still have my seed. I have been propagating a lot of the overgrowth so I can share with Laura and the neighbors. This morning I cut part of the raspberry patch back and found lovely clematis completely covered with canes. I am pulling all the raspberries out of that part of the garden and moving them to a place of their own. The clematis is too pretty to be covered with berry bushes. There are dozens of raspberry runners that got way out into the rich soil of the garden and I will dig them and replant them when it gets a little cooler. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 9:21pm
Comment by Randall Smith on August 1, 2014 at 7:26am

My garlic comes up spontaneously every spring. I've tried planting the bulb seeds by sprinkling them around, but I don't know if that works. I do like garlic.


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