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Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
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Permaculture, Bill Mollison

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Plant Labels

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Design with Nature

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Sepp Holzer´s Permaculture

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Permaculture, John D. Liu

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Permaculture

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Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

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A texas garden I never thought I would see!

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Backyard Organic Garden

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What the heck is hugelkultur? How does it save water?

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Comment by Daniel W on August 9, 2013 at 9:08am
Spod that beetle looks fearsome! I hope its a type that preys on harmful insects.

Randall and Spud I also like volunteer plants. I harvested a couple pounds of volunteer garlic this summer. I dont knoe the variety. Its different from my other garlic but very good. Also the potatoes and some flowers. Its like a gift.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 9, 2013 at 8:05am

A few days ago, there came crawling out of my chives, another unusual insect.  It was a beetle with bright red head and thorax.  

That coloration made me leery of touching it, so I let it crawl into a jar.  Sat it by my computer for reference while I searched for it.

Fount out it's a Blister Beetle that can produce large painful welts, so my leeryness paid off.  Glad I never touched that critter!

Didn't take a picture of it, but it looked like this one except mine had a red head & thorax:

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 9, 2013 at 7:16am

I usually get volunteer peas, but I was surprised to find healthy looking squash and cherry tomatoes growing in the small area between my garage and the fence because it doesn't get much light back there.  

The seeds must have came with some garden soil I put there when I was modifying my soil.  I gave them some water two days ago just to see if they produce anything.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 9, 2013 at 6:48am

Some comments have reminded me of all the "volunteer" vegetable plants I always have. Haven't bought cherry tomato seeds in years! Other volunteers include melons and squash (including pumpkins), parsnips, lettuce, potatoes, and the ubiquitous dill. Of course, I permit many plants to "go to seed", harvesting them for future use.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2013 at 6:01pm

Sentient, if I were close, I'd come over.

Comment by Plinius on August 8, 2013 at 1:29pm

Thanks for the names, Sentient! It might well be a Casa Blanca.

Comment by Daniel W on August 8, 2013 at 12:15pm

I could eat melon all day long.....

Chickens love eating the rinds.

From wikipedia, "Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp).

Comment by Daniel W on August 8, 2013 at 12:10pm

Oh, mine was called "Casa blanca" but there is also a white Stargazer lily.

I think the main difference is the Casa Blanca grows taller and the flowers point down, and the Stargazer is smaller and the flowers open facing upward.

Comment by Daniel W on August 8, 2013 at 12:03pm

Chris, I've grown similar white lilies in the past, but I also forget the name.  They are very fragrant.  Nice to look at and smell in the evening.

Comment by Daniel W on August 8, 2013 at 11:58am

Not much by way of tomato-eating caterpillars here right now.  I did have one tomato plant outside the deer cage.  Emphasis on past tense....  The experiment was a success in the sense that deer DID eat that plant once it started producing, but have not got into the deer cage.

Cole crop caterpillars ate my chinese cabbage last year but not the  broccoli this year.  They have not eaten the swiss chard which is very lush right now.  Deer have not eaten the chard either.  Maybe they just haven't seen it yet.

We have potatoes coming up where we missed digging them last year.  One nice one for lunch now - potato soup.  Spud, if you were close we would have you over!

 

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