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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
Hot Fun in the summer garden PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 July 2019 11:12
July in the Garden

Plants are off to a slow start but finally getting growing. What's not so great is that I see hardly any bees. We have carpenter bees, yellow jackets and wasps but seeing almost no honeybees here. This year planted zebra tomato (yellow and green striped), Roma tomato (red sauce tomato), Napa Baby Cabbage, Peas (which are going pretty good), Salad Slicer Cucumbers, 3 types of Basil, Chives (regular and Garlic), radishes, Nasturtiums (good in salads), Dwarf Bartlett Pears and a few Blackberries.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 July 2019 11:40
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Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:21
Saturday Morning in June in the Garden

Finally the weather seems to be steady here temperature wise. The rainfall here is still breaking records and causing flooding in some areas. This weather is not normal and the rainfall is affecting the the plants because tomatoes and peppers really need the direct sunlight. It's not happening and everything is really going slow.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:43
May 21 in the garden PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 09:55
May 21 in the garden.

Except for the groundhog eating of the tops of the sunflower it's a beautiful day. The squirrels here are doing their usual decorating and disruption. Some neighbors leave them bread. The squirrels then dig up my seedlings to "hide" it in the soil for later. Pictured below is a solution I have come up with (at least for the fence boxes). They are plastic grids that backed filters for the furnace and are secured by string... well necessity is the mother of invention... It works for now.

Plants with me are "lifers". This clematis is a joy to behold every spring and is 20 years old!.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:11
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