Well, with all this RESTING! I have been watching a lot of gardening shows, especially the Victory Garden. One thing I do love is all of the focus on Organic gardening, by using natural processes to grow successfully. I like the idea of organic garden, because I am not all that thrilled about spending money to make my garden grow. In my previous garden, I had industrial compost brought in, unfortunately, it was filled with broken glass.
In my “research”, I learned about pairing or “companion” plants together to help each other. For example, corn and green beans are really good together, because green beans like to store nitrogen in the soil and corn really want that nitrogen. I am not going to get into all the science in this, but I did find this awesome chart.
So I planted 2 rows of a mix of corn and green beans and one with spaghetti squash. Now I used bush green beans and not pole green beans. This is mostly from my days of FFA, when my favorite high school teacher, Mr. Lynn, would plant the bush green beans with the corn. SO the bush will grow like a bush and the poles will grow up a pole. So simple, it is often over looked. Now this is also something you can try in a large pot, if you are not about to till up your yard.
I also found some great resources for pest control. My carrots got invaded by ants that made it very painful at times to harvest and clean. I did not want to put the ant killer on it, because all I could think of was that I would poison my family when we ate the carrots. I just found this website: www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com.
Here is a table on some of my common problems.
|Ants||Borax mixed with peanut butter or something sweet, such as honey.||the ants eat it and take it back to their nest to share with other ants, hopefully poisoning all in the nest.|
|Boiling water can then be poured on as many ants as you can reach (as long as it's safe and away from plants).||Boiling water can of course be poured down an ant nest to kill the queen — if you are lucky enough to find an easy to reach nest, but usually they are very deep and constructed to stop rain and flooded water going in.|
|Aphids||Pour boiling water over crushed rhubarb leaves then leave to soak for several days. Strain, add a good squirt of detergent and dilute enough so that it looks like weak tea and spray over pest infested plants. Repeat every 10 days or so.||Rhubarb leaves are semi-poisonous to us, and a tea brewed from rhubarb leaves poisons smaller critters, such as aphids, mites, white fly, caterpillars etc|
|Snails||Beer in a shallow pan in the garden to trap snails and slugs overnight. Vinegar in a shallow pan will do the same thing.|
|Put a band of fine sand about 1cm (1/4") high around the garden edge or base of plants||Snails dislike sand, which they do not like to cross.|
garden pest control mixtures consists of and how they work:
- Smell: Garlic, tobacco, rhubarb, fish and other strong smelling substances that are used to repel pests.
- Gases and odor molecules: Many plants give off natural odors or have volatile oils which some bugs find unpleasant. Often these odors or oils are a warning to bugs that the plant contains its own built in insecticide. Concoctions made from these plants will deter pests.
- Heat or fumes: Chilies, kerosene, methylated spirits, salt etc, will burn, harm or kill pests.
- Oil: Mineral oil, vegetable oils and proprietary oils, such as those made with cottonseed oil, will suffocate soft-bodied pests.
- Soap: Natural vegetable based soaps or detergents are added to sprays in small amounts to make them stick to plants. Many insects dislike and are harmed by soap also.
The GOOD BUGS!
Any faithful ladybugs you have are true beneficial insects and devour aphids, scale, mealybugs and other small soft-bodied insects. They soon clean up the aphids on a plant... if fact you can carefully move ladybugs around your garden if you wish. As long as they are well fed, they will stay true to you.
Parasite WaspsThese are tiny wasps quite unlike big yellow-striped bullies that sting. Parasitic wasps are divided into many species and the adults feed on nectar and pollen, therefore planting flowers near your vegetables encourages these little winged creatures.
The family of Chalcid wasps include Trichogramma which kill the eggs of the moth species Lepidoptera, such as codling moth and others which turn into ravenous caterpillar pests.
The bug information on the good and the bad ones, all came from www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com. For extended information, please visit them.
So I am excited to see things grow. Here is my favorite evening view.
This is an evening picture, so it is a bit blurry. I am excited to have my summer squash in bloom.