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Godless in the garden

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

 

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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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Insectary

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BarbaraSATX 7 hours ago. 1 Reply

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 7 Replies

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 20. 4 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 20. 26 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

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Comment by king on May 5, 2014 at 4:58pm
Anybody d sow carrots
Comment by king on May 5, 2014 at 7:47am
Anybody know how to keep away ticks
Comment by king on May 5, 2014 at 7:45am
Deep feeder with a all natural bug killer
Comment by king on May 4, 2014 at 9:41pm
Corn beans and some flowers in today
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2014 at 3:46pm

Well, the experiment commences. I don't have red or fire ants, but I have a couple of ant hills and I will do some experimenting. I'll let you know if I find anything that works. Or doesn't work. 

When we lived in El Paso, we had several horned toads and they loved being near the ant hills.

Don't have any toads in my garden. I do have a toad house I made out of a broken clay pot. No toads.

So much for "If you build it, they will come!" 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2014 at 3:32pm

Wikipedia says: "The adaptive nature of ant colonies make it nearly impossible to eliminating entire colonies and most pest management practices aim to control local populations and tend to be temporary solutions."

From this and your article, I doubt any of my herbs got rid of ants.  More likely, some of the chemical deterrents I purchased and used decreased the population.  For what little it's worth, I used mint, lemon-grass, and sage.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2014 at 2:21pm

"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"

How to Get Rid of Fire Ants

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2014 at 2:18pm

Spud, do you remember which herbs got rid of ants? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2014 at 2:17pm

k.h. ky, I share your concern for earth worms and other living organisms that make for healthy soils. If the surrounding soils have a healthy batch of worms and bacteria, the hot spot should quickly recover. If not, bring in healthy soil or topdress with well composted manures, green or brown. 

Idaho Spud , I called around town and didn't find any Medina Orange Oil. It is available at Amazon.com. Perhaps other orange oils will work. The articles I read from extension research colleges indicated Medina Orange Oil. 

I have been thinking about how to get hot water to the ant hills. I think what I will do is take my grandmother's old hot plate near to the hill, boil the water in her large old teakettle, both of which have been in my basement for 50 years, and pour from there.

The hot water will kill worms and bacteria as well, but my soil is so healthy, I have no doubt that as soon as the soil cools those wonderful critters will find their way into the damaged soils.  

Any other ideas?   

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2014 at 1:56pm

I've heard that several kinds of herbs will deter ants.  There were ants always populating the cracks in my walkway to the front door, so I planted some herbs along it several years ago and so far it seems to be working.

Some of the herbs have died, so I'm going to plant more.  I'll try some in the rest of the garden as well.  See what happens.

 

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