Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in no particular order:
Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.
What's your gardening style?
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Wild Parsnip - It can burn skin.
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2013 at 9:40pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2013 at 3:18pm

Spud, that is my understanding: vinegar kills plants. In fact, I use it as a weed killer in my planting beds. 

Amer, thanks for that information. The test makes sense. 

Comment by amer chohan on January 31, 2013 at 10:34am

It is not that bad, only concentration of acid should not be very high. To be absolutly sure that it is harmless to the plant, a little water can be added to further lower the concentration.

A one leaf test before actual treatment could also be beneficial.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2013 at 9:34am

Joan, I have heard vinegar can kill plants, so it may not be a good idea.

Comment by Plinius on January 31, 2013 at 1:08am

That makes me dream of my own livingroom orchard, Joan, impossible but a nice image!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2013 at 12:38am

Sentient, I agree, Neem oil works.

Here is a list I go to for quick reference: 

List of repellent plants - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_repellent_plantsShare
This is a list of repellent plants. These are plants which repel insects, plants, or other pests like nematodes, fungi, or animals through natural organic chemical
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2013 at 12:24am

Spud, I didn't know you could use vinegar that way. I just assumed it kills on touch. But washing it off before it can penetrate the leaves and only touch fungus and pests makes sense. Thanks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2013 at 12:08am

Chris, I am so sorry, I read orchard instead of orchid. Dumb me. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 30, 2013 at 6:58pm

I use neem oil.  It's available in most garden centers and via internet.  Neem is a tropical plant oil that helps with insects and fungal disease.  I think it works great.

One thing to watch for with orchids is make sure they are not too wet.  If the moss or bark is soggy, that can cause flies and rot.  

Outdoors I encourage beneficial insects, using a variety of blooming plants like mints, alyssum, and others.  I think it helps.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2013 at 3:52pm

Amer, thank you for the "Hydrogen Peroxide 10%" suggestion. That makes more sense. I don't like chemicals in my garden either. That is why I suggested the bottle method, at least the chemical is controlled and away from birds and bees. 

 

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