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

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 7. 4 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

Some pictures from my garden

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 26. 7 Replies

The Next Green Revolution May Rely on Microbes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jun 30. 2 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 10:34am

Barbara, how nice to have such companions in your garden. They are to be treasured. 

Intrigued by the name "talavera lizard" I looked it up and found lovely pieces of Mexican art with the vivid colors, and charmed by the shapes. 

"Gaze at a Talavera pottery urn, vase or platter, the finest ceramics of Mexico, and behold the art of a Spanish colonial period rich with old world design and a colorful heritage.
The rich Talavera pottery heritage was introduced to Mexico by Spanish guild artisans of the Colonial period. Commonly called "majolica" in Spain, Mexican Talavera draws its name from the 16th century Spanish pottery center, Talavera de la Reina. While the intricate polychrome and more typical blue and white designs show their Old World legacy, native floral and animal motifs claim these colorful ceramics as classically Mexican."

Comment by BarbaraSATX on June 11, 2014 at 10:22am

Joan, I too had spider mites on my milk weed, but after heavy rain on Sunday and Monday them seemed to have disappeared.  I have a family of chameleons (Anolis carolinensis) living on my patio and they are pretty handy at pest control of  a wide variety of small insects such as crickets, cockroaches, moths, grubs, beetles, flies and grasshoppers. I found it fascinating to watch him capture a moth and consume it. Yum! They do not chew their food but swallow it whole. This little guy was completely enamored with the talavera lizard I put on my trellis and spent the afternoon sleeping with it. :) 

Comment by king on June 11, 2014 at 10:13am
I think my peppers will be fine I read that spider mites like it dry so I gave my peppers a good watering then there was the rain on top of that and I found a little daddy long legs in there with them today I will leave him to his eatting lol
Comment by Sentient Biped on June 11, 2014 at 9:14am
Joan those are great pictures. Your style of growing sounds similar to mine. I do sometimes spray with neem oil, which is organic. But that is now almost only plants I bring inside, where there are no natural predators. Except kitty cat, who doesnt eat aphids or spuder mites.

Im trying to let go of things that are too difficult to grow here, or are too much of a herbivore magnet but without other benefits, like food for us. Its difficult, because that covers a lot of plants.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 8:43am

"Controls aphids, mealybugs, immature scales and whiteflies, thrips, spider mites and other plant pests. Lacewings are the best all-purpose predator for your garden or greenhouse."

Green Lacewings

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 8:38am

Spider mites

Albert spruce with spider mite damage (stock photo)

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 8:33am

It has been several years since I used chemical pest controls. I bring in ladybugs and lacewings and they do a tremendous job of keeping my garden free of pests. I don't know if they will eat spider mites, but they seem to have reduced my red spider mites that attack my Albert Spruce. 

My problem in the garden is fungus. I use GardensAlive and have good results. I use these products very sparingly and only when I see signs of problems. 

I have a worm farm and they work day and night producing worm casting which I spread throughout the garden. My soil is very healthy. What plants I lose are from these crazy winters of warm and freeze all winter long.

Also, the squirrels make a mess of my arborvitae; they strip whole branches to build their wonderful nests. This photo, taken just last week, reveals their mischief. It is my own fault because I feed them peanuts and watch them play and fight and romance and enjoy them. Just wish they would leave my arborvitae alone. Can't fight mother nature. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 11, 2014 at 7:59am

I'm not sure what a spider mite looks like, but it doesn't sound good! You've had a lot of rain down your way, King. Me, enough.

Comment by king on June 10, 2014 at 8:28pm

so i found spider mites on my pepper plants that i am going to plant as soon as the soil drys out a bit

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 10, 2014 at 9:00am

Nice looking garden Joan.  Sounds like you can work it it longer now without getting as tired.

 

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