I have discovered LIFE in my garden. All kinds of life forms, of a variety that dizzies me. I cannot identify or quantify it. Plants, animals, and insects seem to be settling in. Wasps, spiders, bugs...
I have harvested squash, fished my first egg out of the chicken coop, and taken pictures.
All this life seems to have attracted the Gila woodpecker, emerald hummingbird, gamble quail, inca dove, mourning dove, finches, love birds, lizards, and an astonishing array of feral… Continue
Added by Philodice on May 31, 2009 at 11:38am —
Greetings All -
Here is the presentation for the Watering Workshop presented on 27 May 2009 at Drip Coffee. Feel free to comment and provide feedback. Enjoy!
Added by Vynnie McDaniels on May 26, 2009 at 11:30pm —
It's been a little over 3 weeks since my last post on May 3rd
. Nothing exciting really going on, I have mostly been spending time on my container gardening.
May 8th -
My plants keep growing.
May 9th -
My plants keep growing but there's something… Continue
Added by Juan on May 25, 2009 at 4:20pm —
I found a couple of really nice plants at Home Depot. They are already caining in the perfect shape. I just have to get them in a simi permanent container or in the ground.
Added by Melissa Rennells on May 23, 2009 at 3:47pm —
They were both getting very rootbound. I put the peach tree in a 15inch diameter container, but should have put it in a 24. I will repot is in fall if it survives this summer. The poor thing was getting very root bound. The roots were going around in a circle, and the top was starting to suffer.
The tangelo, wasn't as bad. It looked good still, but was stuck in the container. I had to cut the container off of the root ball. No damage done there thank goodness! I put it into a 24inch in… Continue
Added by Melissa Rennells on May 23, 2009 at 3:46pm —
I have been curious just how many varieties of edible plants I am growing so finally started a list. It comes to 132 varieties, a far cry from the Dervaes family with over 300 but a good start. The list include things we've harvested since Jan 1 and things in the ground now, but does not include the seeds still waiting to be planted.
VARITIES GROWN IN 2009
This is a list of varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers grown in 2009. Items marked with * are… Continue
Added by Mary Hysong on May 21, 2009 at 7:58pm —
Looks like my rain harvesting plot has succeeded! It is coming off my roof, down an incline in the soil, right into my pit garden. Raised beds can't do this, baby!
Added by Philodice on May 20, 2009 at 6:54am —
its a wonderful day in the neighborhood today as Hot as it is! I planted corn last week and it sprouted today WooHoo.....
Added by Trinidad Cardona on May 19, 2009 at 1:30pm —
The melons and cucumbers are going crazy. Especially the melons. The cuke plants are getting HUGE and blooming, but I'm not seeing any product.
The Charentais melon, on the other hand...
I took this pic on Friday:
Now look at it as of this morning (Monday):
UPDATE: This morning, I noticed the vine supporting the bigger one was getting… Continue
Added by grrlscout on May 18, 2009 at 3:00pm —
I got those grown bag strawberries to loate. They are pooped out. My cantelope in the containers all turned yellow and died off. My brussell spouts died a week ago. A big fat catilipillar was having quite the feast on them. Oh well,,, he found his way over the balcony wall. My tomatos are happy campers. I topped them so they would focus on the production on the green leaves and stems. My eggplant is happy as ever. I lost 2 eigth ball zucchini plants, but one survived. I lost a patty pan squash.… Continue
Added by Melissa Rennells on May 18, 2009 at 9:37am —
Well it's definitely heating up around here. Has run about 96 all week though it was cooling off to about 56 at night, last night [that is actually 6 this morning] it was still 62. have had to start running the cooler a bit but only a couple of hours in the afternoon and as soon as it's cooler outside than in I turn the pump off to save water. Most of the peas have pooped out and have just let the last few grow for seed. The rest of them will soon be coming out and the cucumbers, okra, malabar… Continue
Added by Mary Hysong on May 17, 2009 at 2:00pm —
ALARM! bells are going off...this morning on Cspan I awakened to a hearing (recorded Thursday) about Food Safety and Horticulture and Organic Agriculture.
So what I have gleaned from the hearing headed by Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) from one of the FDA Commissioners, Dr David Acheson is that irradiation was mentioned. Also, Cardoza blatently mentioned 'industrial partners'.
If Monsanto (wrote HR 875) is one of the players it would seem that they have an interest in killing… Continue
Added by TERRI LARSEN on May 15, 2009 at 10:29am —
- first, a unfounded expounding of the high and mighty moral motivation for good design.
The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.
Cooperation, not competition, is the very basis of future survival and of existing life systems.
Principles of Permaculture
Components placed in a system should be viewed relatively, not in isolation. Stress the functional Relationship between… Continue
Added by Andrew Martin Schreiber on May 13, 2009 at 2:30pm —
My cucumber plants are flourishing; however, they seem to have a shocking lack of male flowers to assist in producing cucumbers! Every day I go out and check to see if there are any male flowers and I have lots of female flowers with fruit on the ends, which of course dry up and fall off since there is no pollinating going on! Is there anybody out there that can answer that… Continue
Added by marilyn on May 13, 2009 at 8:10am —
This homemade chicken coop tractor
is made of white pine and cypress which will last you many years to come. It measures 8ft x 5ft x 5ft and will hold 12-15 hens no problem. Inside we have 4 nesting boxes, 2 perches and drop down step for hens to get to the bottom of the run which is completely enclosed with wire which made this coop predator protected. We have an opening… Continue
Added by Suzie O'Connor on May 13, 2009 at 7:00am —
They're back with a vengence. I used a whole container of something organic, which did nothing but encourage the little stinkers. Someone in the guild wrote about neem oil - anyone know where to purchase locally?
After a long day at work, the best part of the day is to come home and stroll through the garden, look underneath the leaves for the next flower or little bud of fruit and joyfully discover something is really growing! Some things like the cucumbers seem to grow six inches in a… Continue
Added by Kathi Metzger on May 12, 2009 at 9:00pm —
I have a seedless crimson that I just planted from bare-root this spring. It has been growing beautifully with lots of green leaves. A few days ago, I noticed that several leaves have these perfectly formed semi-circles eated out of them. Are these called cutter beetles or something like that? How do I get rid of them before they eat all my grape leaves!!! And I need to find organic solutions, thank you!!!
Added by Linda on May 12, 2009 at 5:08pm —
This year Molly and Treve shared Easter brunch with our family.…
Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on May 12, 2009 at 5:02pm —
I'd just gotten off the phone with a friend from Ireland and decided that it would be a Lunch in a Box
day. So, I grabbed my kitchen shears and snipped some spinach, arugula, and some curley leafed lettuce. I'd so enjoyed the Nasturtiums from the other day and I read that Pansy's are edible as well, so I snipped away.
After taking great care to rinse my salad off, I carefully set each piece on my plate. I like to… Continue
Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on May 12, 2009 at 5:00pm —
I am planning a chicken coop for 15 laying hens. My husband suggested we use the Rainiew Wood Storage Building from Lowes and make some conversions to it. My concern is the wood is "treated". Has anyone looked into this and do you think it is a problem for the chickens?
Added by Susan on May 10, 2009 at 10:21am —