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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 Idaho Spud on August 30, 2016 at 10:05am

Randy, nice of you to provide a feast for your hornworm friends.  

I've been looking around and found parasitic wasps for sale on Amazon.  I don't know, but it sounds like they work. 

At first, I put the address of the wasp page here, but then I noticed that it came-up in my personalized page.  I would guess that it doesn't with another computer, but just in case, I won't put it here.  Does anyone know how that works?

Comment by Randall Smith on August 30, 2016 at 8:35am

My tomato plants have proliferated all summer (despite a month of drought). Nary a hornworm was to be found--UNTIL YESTERDAY! Evidently, some moth deposited eggs nearby, and BOOM, the caterpillars were feasting. They eat non-stop and decimate leaves and tomatoes. I must have picked off 50 of them, all sizes. Checked this morning, and there were many more that I evidently missed. It pays to be vigilant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2016 at 11:03pm

My daily dose of Abundant Permaculture published on  Aug 25, 2016, during harvest activities. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 11:41am

My garden had several jungle areas this year.  Lazy me.  

Comment by Randall Smith on August 24, 2016 at 11:38am
Joan, the sweat bee article was rather useless (but thanks anyway). I'm amazed there's nothing out in internet land that answers the question.
As for my sunflower photo, I'm actually ashamed of that area of my garden. It's sort of a "catch-all" spot where my compost pile is, next to the "covered deck" in the picture. That corn is popcorn that barely germinated.
Every garden (except Don's) has to have a "jungle area", and that's mine!
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 6:04am

Don, I'm like Joan.  I save many of your photos in my beautiful scenery folder.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2016 at 5:53pm

Don, your shot across the lawn to the mountains will make an excellent album. I save your photos for my benefit and pleasure. Excellent!

Daniel, a thorny perimeter of brambles around the outside, a tall stand of holly inside that or something prickly. Then your fruit trees and your vegetable garden should be protected from the roving bands of immigrants. Put up a massive gate as the only entrance to your Garden of Eat'n, and they should adequately keep you safe. A gaggle of geese could act as watch fowl, maybe a llama or two to spit and bite. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2016 at 4:09pm

Spud, I think you are probably right. Let's hope the city gardeners don't use a lot of toxic chemicals. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2016 at 2:19pm

There do seem to be almost as many natural pollinators in my garden as honey bees.

The nearest agriculture areas start about 3 miles from me.  With a limit of 4 miles to find flowers, I still guess that most of my bees come from places in the city.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2016 at 1:17pm

Spud, my guess is, with the 4,000+ elevation, the Snake River nearby and all the agriculture that grows near you, that you have a natural pollinator population plus the bees brought in for the farms. 

The bee loss appears to be an awful experience and I hope many hives were brought in to catch some of the loose bees. The article said some bees found hives. I wonder what caused the crashes? 

The drone photos perfectly suited for this task performed beautifully. I wonder where one gets a camera on a drone? 

 

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