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.

Discussion Forum

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 7. 4 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 27. 2 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies

Asparagus

Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 4 Replies

Some pictures from my garden

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 26. 7 Replies

The Next Green Revolution May Rely on Microbes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jun 30. 2 Replies

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Comment by Patricia on May 4, 2014 at 1:44pm

I heard something about peppermint oil for ant control.......

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2014 at 1:30pm

If pine have big soft needles, then the neighbors evergreen is not pine, because those needles are vicious!  Especially when dry.

Comment by king on May 4, 2014 at 1:22pm
Ok you say pine is that really pine or spruce or one of the other types of trees that people call pine I ask cause most pine have big soft needles
Comment by k.h. ky on May 4, 2014 at 1:21pm

Thanks Joan.  Boiling water would probably work on anything.  I do worry about the earth worms though.  lol  I do.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2014 at 1:20pm

Joan, thanks for the Citrus Oil method of getting rid of ants.  I must have read about it before because I used to have citrus oil on my shopping list, but could never find the stuff.  

I've put it back on the list and will make a renewed effort to find it. May have to buy it online.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2014 at 1:10pm

Daniel, what are duck shoes?

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2014 at 1:06pm

I wear gloves most of the time when doing anything physical with my hands, or anytime it's cold.

I've heard that once you freeze your hands, they are more sensitive to cold.  Don't know if that's true, but when young, I used to play in the snow until my hands were numb, come in and thaw them in warm water.   Holy Molly!  What pain that was!

Anyway, they are very sensitive to cold.

Other than that, I don't like pine tree needles jabbing my fingers, and slivers of wood are 10 times worse, because they are a constant irritation until found and removed.  I watch home construction shows on TV and never can understand those guys building with wood and not wearing gloves!  How can they stand it?

I'm the same way about my feet.  I'm always barefoot indoors and would love to go barefoot outside, but can't stand stepping on pebbles or pine needles, and getting slivers in my toes from compost not completely broken-down is the worst.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2014 at 12:57pm

Fire Ant Control

Texas A & M The Two-Step Method for Fire Ant Control

How to Get Rid of Fire Ants

I know you asked for red ant control, but I found only fire ant material. I wonder if the procedures will work for both? 

The information I found seem to agree on home remedies: 

"Shelve the grits, baking soda, club soda, vinegar, molasses, plaster of Paris, aspartame, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and coffee grounds! In scientific testing, none of these home remedies worked worth a lick against the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) — a nasty, non-native species that’s invaded the South, from Florida to Texas, and is expected to spread westward into California.

"If you have just one or two fire ant mounds in your garden or landscape and not a widespread problem, you can do a couple of things. The simplest is to pour 3 gallons of very hot water directly onto the ant mound. This method achieves only about 60 percent control, so you’ll likely have to repeat applications often. Be careful not to splash the surrounding plants or yourself."

"For an even more effective way to get rid of fire ants, drench the mounds with a citrus oil and soap solution, a combination that’s repeatedly proved effective. In controlled studies conducted by Texas A&M University entomologists, fire ant mounds still showed no activity nearly a month after the researchers had drenched the mounds with a mixture of 1 1⁄2 ounces of Medina Orange Oil, 3 ounces of Dawn liquid soap and 1 gallon of water. A compound in citrus oil, d-limonene, breaks down the ants’ exoskeletons and causes them to suffocate. The commercial product Orange Guard Fire Ant Killer — approved for use in organic agriculture by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) — also contains orange oil. (For other approved products, check the OMRI website.)"

I just read some reports of dislike of Medina Orange Oil. The conversation got very raunchy, but the caution in using it is what I urge. Why do people feel the need to get so hostile so quickly. It is just a case of not being satisfied and the name calling begins.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2014 at 12:38pm

Ants!  Hate 'em!  Can't get rid of them!  Tried everything short of a nuclear bomb!

Comment by k.h. ky on May 4, 2014 at 12:10pm

Anybody know a good, harmless, remedy for red ants??

 

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