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Anybody getting their gardens ready?

I've been tilling my gardens most of the day.

Getting ready to plant several kinds of beans/peas, tomatoes, peppers, some herbs, sunflowers, radishes, cucumbers, watermelons, muscadines...

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I will take two please... ; ) I thank you for the links

"If humanity can grasp the basic concept of 'Infinite Diversity In Infinite Combinations', and then accept it for what it is, then there may yet be hope. If not, then the destruction of mankind, at it's own hand, is inevitable." - Anonymous

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Beneficial insects

There is a beneficial insect, a trichinoid wasp, I think, you may have to research it, that can deal with those ants. I'm guessing these ants are sweet ants about 1/4 inch long, and there are zillions of them? If so, they are Argentinian ants (CA is one giant anthill for these suckers, and they are in the googillions here.

Local treatment is simple: first hose down the corn to get the current inhabitants off. You can also spray them down with a dilute soap spray, 1 tsp dawn dishwashing sink soap per quart of water. If you use the spray be sure to hose down the corn afterwards. Then lay a bead of dawn soap around the base of each corn stalk, on the stalk, not the ground. They won't cross the soap.

You might also try planting mint around the corn as the ants hate the mint.

Thanks for those tips...

In fact, I just sprayed Shaklee's Basic-H liquid soap on them today before I read your post. However, I need to rinse it off tomorrow.

I'm also thinking about trying apple cider vinegar on al things affected. It seemed to work on one of the piles I had. Supposedly ants hate the smell of vinegar.

I'll also try your other tips if these don't work.

Thanks.

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Patrick G.
Polk County, Florida

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Think I´ll plant some for

Think I´ll plant some for my windows tomorrow(too late now, 1:18 am), found some pots, dirt and seeds on the attic.

Did...

... 4 more hours of tilling today.

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I've got my seeds,

and I bought extra garlic today that I'll plant in a week or so.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

I'm in cajun country...

... so I loves the garlic too. Mmmmmm.....

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Yahoo! It's planting time!

Chicory and salad greens are in, and broccoli goes in this weekend (a little late) as does some good old fashioned salsify in my perennial beds.

Will be starting 5 kinds of tomatoes, eggplants, zuchinni, yellow squash, bell peppers, hot peppers, muskmelons, strawberries, carrots, cabbage, and onions this spring... most heirloom varieties.

I'm adding a new 10x4 raised bed to accommodate the extra planting this year. Going to the lumber yard tomorrow to get the planks.

Heehee! Can't wait!!

"Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition." -- Thomas Jefferson

Mmmm...

.. sounds like a tasty combo.

I ordered about 20 heirloom tomato plants last year and all but four were dead when they arrived because they were in sealed plastic baggies with no air holes in the shipping box. On their website they said the box would have air holes. =|

The remaining four did really well though. This year unless I can find some heirlooms locally I guess I'm going with freakazoid science lab tomatoes. I saw brandywines at wally world...

I thought about raised beds but my soil is so naturally rich I'm gonna do trench and mound with bamboo and wire teepees using bamboo that grows behind my property.

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Great resource

Great resource material.

http://www.acresusa.com/magazines/magazine.htm

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Thomas Jefferson

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds”
-Sam Adams

Acres USA Rocks for a LOT of stuff!

Definitely a great resource.

BOUGHT MY HOE TODAY...

you know, the work tool!

Mark

"When even one American -- who has done nothing wrong -- is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril." Harry S. Truman

Mark

"When even one American -- who has done nothing wrong -- is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril." Harry S. Truman

I have a "hi-tek" hoe with

I have a "hi-tek" hoe with two pokey things opposing the hoe blade..

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try these for unique fruit choices

www.raintreenursery.com

www.burntridgenursery.com

www.onegreenworld.com

I've got 75+ fruit trees, shrubs and vines planted on 1/8th acre in Michigan (started 5 years ago).

I've also got 5 raised beds and am ordering drip irrigation supplies for this spring. (push comes to shove I can dig for water, I'm 1/2 mile to a major lake)

Chills

Whoa!

A veritable orchard!

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Buy American!

If possible buy American made tools, or go out garage sale shopping in older neighborhoods. There are a lot of tools that can be reused. This also helps your neighbor.

Do you think it is cheaper

to can your own vegetables than buy canned veg. Not sure if I should spend the money, understand bee colonies are dying off.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

canned stuff is junk

It's pre-cooked and is lacking in the good nutrition and it tastes bad. Can your own or dehydrate or freeze.

And yes, the bee colonies are dying off, so encourage them as well.

Growing your own..

.. can be more expensive than canned stuffs but what you grow yourself is WAY healthier for you. Once you get basic equipment and supplies you can grow most/some things about the same price or cheaper.

Much healthier though, especially if you forego pesticides and commercial fertilizers like I do. And try to use organics and heirlooms only.

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Honey bees are in trouble

But research has shown that native bumble bees are taking up the slack and doing a lot of the pollination that the American honey bee used to do.

However, those darned pesticides will kill us all one day. If I may say so, please avoid spraying any pesticide that says it will kill aquatic animals. Chances are, it is deadly to bees, too, and if the bumble bee starts to fail, well, it could be bad.

"Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition." -- Thomas Jefferson

Maybe the whole population of bees

have moved to my house--literally inside my walls. The first time at the insistance of my garderners I relunctantly had them removed, but they came back, and for some reason with the reports of them disappearing I just think they feel welcome at my home, so I have not plans on trying to remove them again. I have hundreds of fruit trees, and I know they are doing their part in keeping the cycle going so I honor them. I really feel they are leaving where they are not honored.

honey bees...

yes they are failing at an alarming rate. i cast my vote that Monsanto's Roundup is the cause.

2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Some people..

.. are claiming that the bees are dying only near where GMO crops are growing. Specifically crops that have been genetically engineered to produce their own pesticides.

Makes sense....

GA crops...

yes and they are all roundup ready....courteous of Monsanto corp...

2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Bees like all of earths nature beings

have an intelligence that can not be measured by mankind, they are here as an intricate service to earth and to us, and they are under assault as we are, and will leave if necessary.

Since..

.. the majority of insects are beneficial. Modifying plants to produce insecticide is totally insane...

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Well actually it is cheaper

and easier to dry vegetables, or to put them in a root cellar. Easier and faster too, (from your lazy gardener). While not quite as convenient to use, dried veggies are great for soups. I dry pureed tomatoes on big lunch trays with a screen over it, and to make tomato paste, tomato sauce, or tomato juice, just add water to the leather like tomatoes. Tastes so delicious. Also, all root vegetables, cabbages, apples, and other veggies can just be put in buckets of damp sawdust or sand in a root cellar. If you don' have a root cellar just board off a part of your basement, or put in a barrel surrounded by bales of straw in the yard. SO easy. And then they are fresh. Dried veggies keep more vitamins and minerals, as the ones in the root cellar of course than either canned or frozen.

In year one its cheaper to

In year one its cheaper to buy the cans because of all the investment. The thing is that once you buy the stuff in year one you are pretty much set after that if you use heritage seeds, compost etc. After a few years its WAY cheaper to can it yourself.

"Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered." -- Cicero

Ron Paul Victory Gardens!

I have been daydreaming about getting the supplies for another spring planting! We were supposed to have snow last night, though (sigh). I'll probably be patio-planting mostly, unless my landlady lets me plant in her beds. I've been thinking about the victory gardens prepared and tended in England during the World Wars. Everyone did their part to help the country by helping themselves... doing for themselves. That sounds like RP people to me! ;)

AlixH

Thanks for the input Tannim!

It is always good to have someone expand on my simplistic ideas. As for me sounding like your wife. It sounds like a compliment, eventhough the last time I looked I wouldn't pass for a woman!