Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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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.
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

Discussion Forum


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 8 Replies

Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Sentient Biped Oct 11. 12 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sky God Oct 10. 3 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 10. 9 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Annie Thomas Oct 3. 10 Replies

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

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

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

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

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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."



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.

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 29, 2013 at 3:14am

Dominic, because of its story, that fig is precious. 

I have 2 fig trees that originated from immigrants who brought them from Sicily, and another variety with less clear history that may have  originated in Croatia, based on its name.  My others are French and Californian.  This year, from cutting exchange through the mail, I'm trying to root another Italian fig with history similar to yours, plus a possibly Adriatic variety and some Louisiana hybrids.

Fig enthusiasts love collecting figs with origins like yours.  This year I went a little crazy with them.  I may also try to start a Turkish variety, some nostalgia there due to my spending a year there, and a Madeira fig.

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 29, 2013 at 12:00am

My grandfather died at 94, in NY.  He was from Italy and a big time gardener.  There were several fig trees in the yard in NY, which he had planted.  If we covered them and mulched them in the winter, they would actually bear fruit.

When I moved to the Tampa Bay area over 20 yrs ago (central west coast between Gulf of Mex and Tampa Bay), I took a cutting with me. 

I've lived in three different house and had to take a cutting each time.  This is my last house and I have been here six years.  The fig tree is multi stemed and about 4 ft tall. 

It had a handfull of fruit that ripened this year and there is another handful, still on the tree, but they are green.  It has lost all of its leaves, as it does every year.  I keep it mulched and watered, but I think it would prefer the dryer climate of Italy.  It does get a fungus at the end of the season every year.  I have never treated it.  The leaves are always fine when they come out in the spring.

I'm not the only person to grow figs here, but I'm not sure if it is completely happy, but who is?  LOL

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 28, 2013 at 10:36pm

Joan, I remember snow on ice well from places I have lived and, rarely, here.  You are made of stronger stuff than I am!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2013 at 10:31pm

Snow again today and yesterday. Thawed last night creating sheets of ice everywhere when the sun set. This morning, snow on top of ice. 


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