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chemical pest control and chickens

I have 7 backyard chickens. I was considering getting my backyard sprayed for mosquitoes. (Pregnant and preventing Zika). Anyone know of something safe for my chickens? Thank you!Continue

Started Nov 7, 2016

Bees
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Can anyone recommend someone to remove a bee hive from a tree trunk?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rod Reynolds Jul 9, 2016.

sad fig tree
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What can I do to help my poor fig tree? She's about 3 yrs old. I water her every two days and she lives under a shade cloth.Thank you!Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by FrozenJoe Sep 4, 2015.

October planting
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Miss Catherine,Thank you for your list! I'm a new gardner and I just wanted to confirm that these should be planted by seed directly into the ground? Thanks again!JoannaContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Catherine, The Herb Lady Sep 3, 2015.

 

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chemical pest control and chickens

I have 7 backyard chickens. I was considering getting my backyard sprayed for mosquitoes. (Pregnant and preventing Zika). Anyone know of something safe for my chickens? Thank you!See More
Nov 7, 2016
Joanna Benton replied to Catherine, The Herb Lady's discussion August Planting Tips and More 2016
"where can I find your blog? "
Jul 30, 2016
Rod Reynolds replied to Joanna Benton's discussion Bees
"I live in the N/W Phx. Valley...I have a way to remove & relocate your Honey Bees. It allows them to leave their hive and enter my portable hive. With out being able to return to their original hive they will set up their new hive in my portable…"
Jul 9, 2016
bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden replied to Joanna Benton's discussion Bees
"second vote for dan"
Jun 30, 2016
Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome replied to Joanna Benton's discussion Bees
"We hired Punch Honeybee Company, LLC last year for the live removal and relocation of a large swarm of honeybees in one of our walls. He did a great job, taking care to capture the queen safely so she would be transported with the rest of the…"
Jun 18, 2016
Joanna Benton posted a discussion

Bees

Can anyone recommend someone to remove a bee hive from a tree trunk?
Jun 16, 2016
FrozenJoe replied to Joanna Benton's discussion sad fig tree
"This is a tough time of year for a lot of fruit trees in the Valley.  A healthy fig tree can grow right through the hot weather.  But a tree that is stressed or unhappy can really suffer right now.  Something is holding your tree…"
Sep 4, 2015
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Joanna Benton's discussion October planting
"Joanna, I am so sorry I missed your post last year (I was with a relative who had heart surgery).  The answer is YES plant directly in the ground and keep the soil moist (not soggy) until you see germination above ground then cut back on…"
Sep 3, 2015
Jacq Davis replied to Joanna Benton's discussion sad fig tree
"From the photo, it looks like theres is signs of root rot around the base of the tree. I killed a mango tree with the exact same symptoms. Try to plant the tree a little higher than the soil surface area, maybe even expose a little bit of the root…"
Aug 9, 2015
Cherie replied to Joanna Benton's discussion sad fig tree
"Hi Joanna, I have two fig trees that have been in the ground for about 8 years and in pots before that. Most of that time they looked very similar to your tree. About 9 months ago I decided to do try something called Hugelkultur. Is this case…"
Aug 9, 2015
Lauren replied to Joanna Benton's discussion sad fig tree
"It looks like the bark on the trunk has split open, and I am no expert but I would be wondering about fungus or sun burn. Unless it is actually included bark, or some kind of mechanical damage."
Jul 9, 2015
Powell Gammill replied to Joanna Benton's discussion sad fig tree
"Aren't those figs ready yet?  Harvest them.  Truthfully with a tree that bad off I would keep the figs off as soon as I spotted them to encourage the tree to focus on itself rather than resource expensive fruit production. "
Jul 2, 2015
Powell Gammill replied to Joanna Benton's discussion sad fig tree
"1.  Keep grass at least 18" away from trunk. 2.  Get that old stake and especially the tie off of the tree.  I cannot see if that has girdled the tree---I doubt that is the issue, but damn, three years! 3.  Organic mulch the…"
Jul 2, 2015
raf evan replied to Joanna Benton's discussion sad fig tree
"like Tootsaz, i am no expert either, so don't take this as expert input. At any rate, i notice there are a few branches which look healthy. Which make me think it could be a stem or branch malady/injury behind  the dying branches."
Jul 1, 2015
Tootsaz replied to Joanna Benton's discussion sad fig tree
"Hi Joanna! I have 7 fig trees, about the same size or a littler smaller than yours, all in pots. This is my first summer with them. I am not an expert, but here is what I have learned so far. Figs are ok-with the heat, especially when shaded. I…"
Jul 1, 2015
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sad fig tree

What can I do to help my poor fig tree? She's about 3 yrs old. I water her every two days and she lives under a shade cloth.Thank you!See More
Jul 1, 2015

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