Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Slugs: This one seems to be well known and does have validity. Beer traps for slugs. Using a mason jar or other jar of similar size. Dig a hole and place jar in the ground so that the top of jar is level with the ground. Fill jar with beer leaving 1 inch head space. The slugs will belly up to the bar and dive in.
Tomatoe Blossom end rot - put crushed eggshells around plants
Black spot on roses - 1 part milk to 2 parts water. Spray roses once per week. The lactifern in the milk attacks the blackspot fungi
Deer - I don't know about this one...would take a whole hen house to rid the deer around here. But I guess if they are just bothering certain plants it might be worth a try.
Blend 4 eggs to 1 quart of water, put in sprayer and spray plants
House plant insects - soap water, I have used this successfully on aphids
Powdery mildew - Soap water & baking soda.
Spider mites & mealy bugs - blend habenero peppers & water, put in sprayer and spray once per week. DANGER..take care to wear gloves when working with hot peppers.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Planting continues and we are waiting patiently for the vegetable plants to start producing. IF the sun ever decides to shine, we should be seeing some raspberries soon. The spinach and radishes are beginning to come in now and we are eagerly awaiting; zuchini, greenbeans, soybeans, broccoli, cabbage, beets, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other goodies.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Since my first post, the arrival of decent spring weather has allowed us to get outside and prepare the grounds for the growing season. Early crops of flowers, perennial herbs, lettuces and rhubarb have already been harvested and put to use in the kitchen. The first crop harvest was mint for the mint juleps to celebrate the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby. The lettuce crop has been bountiful providing lot's of fresh greens for salads. Memorial Day celebrations included a rhubarb pie with fresh from the garden rhubarb and a grilled salmon complemented with a fresh dill dijion sauce.
Below is a slideshow that I put together of pictures that I shot around the grounds of flowers, herbs & veggies. In future posts I will include recipes.