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August activity in the garden PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:01
Harvest this week

The plantings were Cubano peppers, Cheyenne Peppers, Heritage Zebra Tomato, Roma Tomato, Little Jade Cabbage along with Garlic Chives, Chives, Saigon Coriander, Basil (Big Leaf, Sweet and Pesto), Peppermint, Spearmint, Rosemary, Lavender and Lemon (Bee) Balm.

The Praying Mantis seems to enjoy living in the Basil... here he is enjoying the shade and summer...

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:17
Red Sunflower in August PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 09:41

Check out this beauty

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 09:46
Little Yellow Water Lily PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 09:28

Little Yellow Water Lily returns

After 27 years this little guy still blooms. It's been dragged out by racoons, robins, and skunks yet still blooms after being stored in a basement all winter. It's a miniature hardy water lily whose name is Helvola. Even though the garden is in view of the World Trade Center, it's on a cliff that is more like Wild Kingdom. The green wire grid is to protect the tub garden being dug up by racoons, skunks, squirrels, groundhogs and possums. We got them all here.

Helvola water lily

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2019 09:42
Garden's Progress PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 July 2019 10:13
The Garden's Progress

A quick update on the garden this second week of July. Cucumbers are full of flowers and fruits, Zebra tomatoes are slow but the Roma tomatoes are fruiting quickly. Still not a lot a bees here.The Lemon Balm is at least attracting the bumblebees. Peppers are loving the heat and light -- Cubano and Cheyenne peppers. Three different types of Basil - Sweet, Big Leaf and Pesto. Baby Napa Little Jade cabbages are taking off...

Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2019 10:29
Garden Bugs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 July 2019 08:54
Make friends with some garden bugs!

I'm reposting this short article in homage to the little Praying Mantis found last week on the chives here. The more one gardens, the more one can start to appreciate some of the insects that come and visit the garden. Of course, you need the bumble bees, honeybees, hornets, flies, etc. for pollinating many plants. But did you know the following varieties of insect are actually good for your garden and can help keep the bad guys away?

Beneficial insects include:
Ladybugs - eat mealy bugs, aphids, scale bugs, thrips, etc.
Praying Mantis - eat just about any other bug, so you don't want too many
Lacewing Larvae - they will rid the plants of aphids
Assassin Bug - will eat beetles, caterpillars
Hover Flies Larvae - also called Syrphid Flies are striped like bees. The larvae love aphids
Ground Beetle Larvae - live in soil and dine on cutworms, slugs, root maggots. The adults often look metallic.
Predatory Stink Bugs - eat grubs, caterpillars, larvae. Some types of stink bugs are pests.
Damsel Bug - like a smaller Assassin Bug, they eat aphids, caterpillars, leaf hoppers, thrips
Minute Pirate Bugs - really small black bugs with white "v" on their backs. They eat aphids, mites, thrips, etc.
You can check out http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/graphics/photos/insectsimages.new.htm or
http://www.insectimages.org/ to identify these insects.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:12
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