Godless in the garden

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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.

Discussion Forum

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 13 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 7 Replies

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped yesterday. 4 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 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 Idaho Spud on April 20, 2013 at 10:17am

The first 2 years of production, my cherry trees were free of fruit flies, but then they must have found the trees and started multiplying rapidly.

From what I've read, it appears the Cherry Fruit Fly becomes an adult with wings and flies to the tree.  However, thanks for reminding me about Tanglefoot.  I bought some 2 years ago, but never used it because I was too discouraged to try fighting anymore.  But, I may try it this year before I give-up completely.

If I acquire an acre or more of land, I may try cherries again because I'm thinking that fabric on the ground under the trees would probably keep them from burrowing into the ground or coming out of the ground the next year.  The reason I've not tried that here is I have limited gardening space and so grow produce under the trees.

Comment by Dominic Florio on April 20, 2013 at 7:15am

Comment by A Former Member on April 20, 2013 at 12:00am

It infused the potato with the herb flavoring nicely, and wonderfully inconsistently, so that one bite was stronger or weaker than another. It it were too consistent, you'd stop tasting it. But the variation keeps the flavor alive in your mouth. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 11:46pm

Dallas, that is definitely a keeper! I'm passing it on. 

"I just baked a potato and wrapped a sprig of fresh rosemary and some Greek oregano and a bay leaf around it with the aluminum foil. Then I split it in half and added extra virgin olive oil and salt. It was nom nom good. The house smelled so good while it was baking."

~ Dallas 

Comment by A Former Member on April 19, 2013 at 10:08pm

I just baked a potato and wrapped a sprig of fresh rosemary and some Greek oregano and a bay leaf around it with the aluminum foil. Then I split it in half and added extra virgin olive oil and salt. It was nom nom good. The house smelled so good while it was baking. 

Comment by Dominic Florio on April 19, 2013 at 8:06pm

Joan, I love all of those.  I drink iced tea all day long and it is heavy with lemon or lime.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 7:47pm
We seem to have a sour-taste loving group. I, too, like Granny Smith apples, as well as rhubarb, lemons, and ginger. My mouth waters as I type.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 7:43pm
I'll be interested in knowing if you see fruit flies. More people turn to organic fruit growing. I hope that means more beneficial insects visiting our gardens.
Comment by Dominic Florio on April 19, 2013 at 7:40pm

I also loved eating crab apples.  Unfortunately, they do not grow here.  I buy Granny smith apples from the store and people wonder why I eat them.  I think they are great.  I just planted a dwarf mulberry.  We always had the full size trees in our yard when i was a kid.  I used to love the red ones, which weren't ripe yet, while everyone waited for them to turn purple.  Once I was climbing a ladder to pick some berries on a large tree, and a pair of blue jays began attacking me because I was too close to their nest.  Mulberries produce so many fruits, that you never feel competition from the birds.

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 19, 2013 at 7:18pm

Joan, that's interesting about the cherry fruit fly.  I wonder why I haven't noticed them  Yet.  

I prefer not to spray insecticides, even ones that are safe around humans  If they kill the harmful insects, do they kill the beneficial insects?  The insects that pollinate the trees?  The insects that eat the harmful insects?  The birds that eat the harmful insects?

The main insect, that I can see, that plagues my cherries, is a black aphid.  The aphids seem to associate with ants.  I've read that some  ants domesticate some aphids, herding them and milking them like tiny cows, for honeydew.  I wrap a plastic band around the trunks, and spread supersticky "tanglefoot" on the band.  That stops both aphids and ants.

I assume the fruit fly actually flies, not climbing the trunk.  But if it does climb the trunk, maybe I'm doing something about that without knowing it.

Ants climb fig trees and populate the figs.  Tanglefoot is also great for that issue.

 

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