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Comment by Garden Guru on April 29, 2013 at 10:56am

Hello everyone!  I'm new here, but wanted to share a book I just finished - not a promotion at all - but more of a "you must read this book!"  Its by author and organic farmer Atina Diffley and called "Turn Here Sweet Corn". Has anyone else read this book?  I'm a gardener and into organics, but I found this book to not only be interesting, but riveting. The story of her family and eminent domain and the power of organic food...!  Its just fantastic. Anyway, just a little post today on that! :)

Comment by Vicky Myers on April 24, 2013 at 9:43pm

I'm still out here if you want to chat organic. I'm on an only buying and eating organic as I can diet. Since I learned that if we aren't eating organic corn & soy that we are getting a sestemic pesticide that explodes in the intestines. Not to mention the GMO garbage also.

Comment by cynthia snyderZ5 on August 26, 2011 at 7:51pm

Vicky,I am glad you have some praying mantis. I saw a small one haven't seen any more. Maybe I just can't see them. I don't have alot of bug problems this year though.


Comment by Vicky Myers on August 18, 2011 at 5:44pm
Comment by Vicky Myers on August 18, 2011 at 12:58pm
She posed for her pic.
Comment by Vicky Myers on August 18, 2011 at 12:57pm

I have at least 2 mantis still here.

Comment by Vicky Myers on August 2, 2011 at 4:27am
Squish squish squish supposedly if you plant icicle radishes in the hill it prevents them. I'll see if any of my books tell what to do for them.
Comment by Maryan Pannell on August 1, 2011 at 10:57pm

Anyone know how to get rid of squash bugs organically?


Comment by Marian Bostwick on July 31, 2011 at 1:09pm
12 years ago when I started gardening, obsessively because I bought (ironically), 3- 6pks.-1 of Petunias, 1 of Marigolds and 1 of Celosia. I planted them under my new bay window & they thrived. The colors popped & I was hooked. We built the home to retire in, on 1/3 acre. It was composed of dirt & boulders. The boulders became the starting point of planting beds. We are both allergic to lawn grass, Jim to the actual grass, & me to the insects. Covering all the dirt was important, so I began purchasing Ortho's "All About" books. Ground covers and Shrubs were first. I am posting some photos to show why lawn would have been impossible anyway, very little level ground. The very first year I also ordered some Roses & listened to the Guy at H. Depot. He recommended Orthene for them, which I sprayed once. I did not spend money, time, sweat and tears planting for fragrance so the yard would smell of poison. I delivered the poison back to the store and started my journey into Horticulture and the balance of nature. Although I did use poison once, I think after 12 years I can without guilt say I am a totally organic grower. I don't even have the rose now. That's the beginning of my story. I am only a couple months into Garden Share, so I will be asking for friends. I am so looking forward to hearing about all the different parts of the country and hearing about all of my fellow gardeners joys and challenges.Marian
Comment by cynthia snyderZ5 on July 31, 2011 at 8:29am


I'm glad you have seen some praying mantis! I haven't seen any since they were small. I don't have alot of bug damage though, so I think they are in my garden. I absolutely hate bug spray and chemicals.

Megan, welcome to this site. There is so much good info here. Could you post a picture of the gray sticky web? I think either spider web or I hope not tent worms.

You will all laugh,but I bought some organic fertilizer. A brand that I had not used before. I opent the bag and started sprinklig it around. I stated to smell really bad! My husband comes outside and asks what is that smell?! I knew I had smelt that before somewhere. It smelt like dead chickens! THat brand is a little too stinky for me. I may use it up if it seems to have worked well though. I worked it in and watered , but it smelt for two days!I hope to try making my own fertilizer next year. Compost tea or something.


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