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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 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. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2013 at 3:50pm

According to Getting rid of fruit-flies in orchards

"Fruit flies are real pests in the fruit orchard garden as they lay their eggs in ripening fruit. These eggs become worms that eventually spoil the fruit.

"There are many ways to get rid of fruit flies."

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Go to the site for their suggestions, which seem to be only partially effective. In the end, they spray the whole tree at the right time to not damage developing fruit. The urge to wash fruit before eating if trees have been sprayed. I don't have fruit trees so have no personal advice. 

Comment by amer chohan on January 30, 2013 at 6:14am

Idaho! apllying any acid one must keep in mind the concentration levels. Vinegar usually works without harm because it already have mixing. Two years ago I used Sulphuric Acid for scale insects. It killed the insects but harmed some plants too. Most of Fungicides are also notrious for the reason. Hydrogen Peroxide 10% is the best solution in my experience.

Comment by Plinius on January 30, 2013 at 1:13am

Does anyone know how to get rid of fruitfly? They invaded my orchids and are now zooming in my face in the most irritant manner.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2013 at 4:25pm

When I had a huge number of aphids on my cabbage plants last year, I tried spraying them with vinegar, waiting 5 minutes, then rinsing with water.  It seemed to work.  This year, I'll try Hydrogen Peroxide.

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 29, 2013 at 3:54pm

Thanks.  Sounds great.  I try to do mostly organic treatments and that is a new one to me.  I wonder if it would work on my orchids.  I'm anxious to try it.

Comment by amer chohan on January 29, 2013 at 6:24am

Dominic! next time your fig have fungus, mix a little hydrogen peroxide with water and spray it arround. We apply it to very tender seedlings for fungul treatment without any harm to the plant.

 

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