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Repotting and New Yamamoto Dendrobiums. 4.13.18
Sauerkraut is good with blue cheese and mushrooms.
Daniel, your Rose of Sharon seedling is very attractive:
Never liked 'kraut, but a good suggestion, Patricia.
Did up a batch of sweet corn to freeze yest. Picked, shucked, boiled water, then realized I didn't have enough ice to cool it down quickly. It'll still be good come January. Now what to do with 6 heads of cabbage. I still have freezer slaw from 2012!
This artist/fruit tree sculptor is amazing. Saving an old orchard of heirloom fruit trees is entitled to some kind of accolade.
Čenek, I forgot to mention protecting bees from diatomaceous earth. A light cover over a treated plant when it is in bloom will do the job.
Čenek, surely looks like squash bugs to me. The organic way to get rid of them is to squash the squash bug ( no kidding). With the high population, that will be impractical. Food grade diatomaceous earth is recommended for organic gardeners.
Your healthy leaves look like they are adequate to take care of the needs of the plant, so one option is to cut away the infected leaves and put them in the trash, not the compost.
Another problem might be your mulch. I mulch my plants heavily, too, but in the case of squash bugs, they like to lay their eggs in the mulch and feed on the leaves. Just pull the mulch away from the plant and clean up any infected leaves. Use a hand pump to distribute diatomaceous earth on the ground, under the leaves and any place the bugs lay their eggs.
"Winter is spent in the adult stage under sheltering debris in the vicinity of previously infested plantings. Squash bugs become active in warm days during late spring and move to germinating squash. Mating and some feeding occur during this time followed by egg laying, which often begins around mid-June."
Squash Bug: Management in Home Gardens
Organic Squash Bug Control
diatomaceous earth applyer
I'm going to try some delicata squash next year.
The rain last evening and night game my garden one inch. Horray!
"A haboob raced through eastern Washington and northern Idaho Tuesday, turning the skies brown with lofted dust, downing trees and power lines, and contributing to a multi-vehicle accident.
"The wall of dust was kicked up by an east-west line of thunderstorms moving north out of northeast Oregon just before 3 p.m. PDT Tuesday. Over a seven-hour period, this band of thunderstorms tracked about 180 miles through eastern Washington and northern Idaho."
A haboob came through Spokane and I didn't even know it. Darn! They are interesting to watch roll in; not any fun to be out in. I pitty those who have to work outdoors when one occurs.
Washington-Idaho Haboob Blankets Spokane in Dust, Contributes to Mu...
Haboob, stock photo
This is a climate map of Washington state showing the desert in central Washington, turned into excellent farm land with the introduction of water from Grand Coulee Dam. Spokane is on the eastern border of the state, about a third of the way down, just about where that small green dot is.
Joan and Daniel, your Washington weather (and fires) has been awful! I've noticed that the national news shows feature some unusual weather occurance virtually every day somewhere in the U.S. I wonder if it's a subliminal message to the global warming rejectionists(?).
Oh, and delicata is the best tasting squash I know.
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