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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!

Discussion Forum

Sequester water

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W yesterday. 1 Reply

Soils need nourishment to create healthy plants

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Tomato Growing Topics & Tips

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky on Tuesday. 3 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 1, 2016 at 12:28am

Another young urban family takes to Permaculture and a rural lifestyle. It appears they are new to the tasks, and they have some excellent advisors. The man of the family seems to have carpentry skills. I hope they succeed. 
I suspect the are somewhere near Spokane, although all they reveal so far is their farm is in northeast Washington State. 

Comment by Daniel W on August 31, 2016 at 1:52pm
Randy, I'm using a Nesco American Harvest dehydrator.
i has a fan and heater, and temperature settings.
the vegetable setting is a little hot for tomatoes, they char a little. so I use one temp lower.

Joan those hummingbird moths are beautiful.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 31, 2016 at 12:30pm

Fruit flies! Swarms of them every summer until I get out my supplies to eradicate the pesky things. 

6 Smart Ways to Kill Fruit Flies

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 31, 2016 at 12:09pm

Hummingbird moth

 

Hummingbird moth caterpillar

Hummingbird moth life cycle

Nature provides many interesting cycles.  

Comment by k.h. ky on August 31, 2016 at 11:15am
Humming bird moths feed on the moonflowers I have in the yard. I always wondered what they were.
Comment by Randall Smith on August 31, 2016 at 6:36am

Daniel, how are you dehydrating your tomatoes? I gave up on my dehydrator and am simply putting them on cookie sheets out in the sun, covered by screens.  

Comment by Randall Smith on August 31, 2016 at 6:34am

Yes, I've seen wasps flying around the tomato plants looking for hornworms. A few worms were already "infected"--white eggs on their bodies. I leave them alone.

And I discovered the moth of the hornworm is a hummingbird moth, quite large (and ugly). So I don't feel too bad about killing the caterpillars. Up to now, I suspect birds have kept the worms at bay. Where did they go?

Comment by Daniel W on August 30, 2016 at 1:20pm
Spud, they might be worth a try.

I've developed a big problem, might be fruit fly. A small lesion appears of fruit, then in a day most of the fruit has rotted. Big issue at the moment with pears and Asian pears, right at ripening time. Fortunately there have been more fruit than I can eat now, even with that issue.

We got a sudden excess of Sungold tomatoes. Im dehydrsting them for winter soups.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2016 at 12:20pm

Spud, How the computer works? Or how Tricho-Gramma works? 

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?

 

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