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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 Thomas Murray on August 3, 2017 at 3:57pm

....BTW... I use a push gas lawn mower for the 1 1/2 acre lawn. Part of exercising and walking is good....

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 3, 2017 at 3:53pm

Procrastination .... my greatest foe!

Four days ago while mowing the side lawn something zapped me at my ankle...and then again on my fore arm and three more times inside my shorts inner thigh. It took about 5 seconds for the pains to radiate out and realized I am being attacked by bees.

 I found the nesting site I mowed over and there is one large hole where bees come and go. But this is confusing because ground bees are said to be solitary.

https://entomology.cals.cornell.edu/extension/wild-pollinators/nati...

 However, I eventually found two other holes where bees enter. Still the large hole acts as the main entryway.

Normally I would let them be because these are beneficial as pollinators, but they will expand and they are in direct path of walkway. So I put a tarp over them for a couple of days. They are gone now.

  So, I had swollen left foot for two days.. My arm and inner thigh healed quickly but seem my foot got the worst of the sting. Took some antihistamine and sat for two days.

  All part of being outside gardener. Never met anyone who didn't have a story to tell about being smitten by bees and wasps.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 3, 2017 at 2:59pm

Hollyhocks always remind me of my granny.

Comment by Daniel W on August 3, 2017 at 2:31pm

Garden tractor back on line!  Mowed on monday, no tall dry grass any more.  We haven't had fires here, but I don't want to be the source of one, either.

Comment by Daniel W on August 3, 2017 at 2:30pm

Nice reading about your experiences, turkeys, zucchini tragedy.  Well, zucchini tragedy is not nice, but I feel like it was worth sharing and sorry the are not doing well.

I've been on line less because of so much to do.  Cleaning out several years of detritus from garage, very dismaying.  The up side is it is much cleaner now, just a little more to go.  I had left some bags of potting soil and eggshells on the gardening bench, and mice used it to make nests and all kinds of mess.  I had also used the garage as sort of a transfer station when remodeling the kitchen and building the pantry, and needed to get rid of everything.  Got my workbench set up and organized and neat, and the garden tools in a bin for easy access.   Procrastination...  and it's the hottest weather of the year!

Plus, watering the garden every day.  We are getting smoke from forest fires, hope others are doing OK.

The good news is, lots of tomatoes.  I made 2 plum pies.  Zucchinis every day now - so no root rot.  Too dry here in the summer for that?  I do rotate crops, and zucchinis this year are in last year's corn patch. 

Well, off to do some watering.  No more garage work for a few days, but soon it will be presentable again. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 1, 2017 at 7:18am

Joan, thanks so much for the info. I'll pass it on to my friend

Comment by Randall Smith on August 1, 2017 at 7:15am

Everybody I've talked to has had zucchini root rot. I only got 3 zukes before the plants died. No great loss. Just wondering how it could be so wide spread.  And thanks, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2017 at 12:48am

Zucchini root rot:  Surround® At Home® Crop Protectant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2017 at 12:37am

Bertold, I have used this company for 20-years at least and maybe 40 and have never been disappointed. They identify the disease or pests on their site or catalog and give enough information that you may be able to find the products locally. 

Pest and diseases prevention 

powdery mildew: Soap-Shield® Flowable Liquid Copper Fungicide

blossom end rot: Quik-Cal™ Pelletized Calcium

earwigs: Garden Pest Bait

hail: Heavyweight Row Covers

root rot: Tomatoes Alive!® Plus 100% All-Natural Fertilizer

All products are in the Gardens Alive Insect & Pest Control site or catalog

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2017 at 12:06am

Benjamin Franklin wrote for ushistory.org) using an assumed name. He said:

"In the first Place, as An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure, I would advise 'em to take care how they suffer living Coals in a full Shovel, to be carried out of one Room into another, or up or down Stairs, unless in a Warmingpan shut; for Scraps of Fire may fall into Chinks and make no Appearance until Midnight; when your Stairs being in Flames, you may be forced, (as I once was) to leap out of your Windows, and hazard your Necks to avoid being oven-roasted."

~ Benjamin Franklin 

 

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