Archive for July, 2012

Crane Fly

| July 18, 2012 | 2 Replies

Crane Fly – I spotted this impossibly long-legged, mosquito-like insect on my cherry tomato plant today, and since I’m keen to attract beneficial insects to my garden, grabbed a photo and went to the internet. I learned it is a crane fly. I think I can spot the ovipositor, so I’m assuming it’s a female just taking a […]

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Create an Insectiary!

Create an Insectiary!

| July 17, 2012 | 3 Replies

Create an insectiary in your garden to attract beneficial insects! In “Wild Farm,” episode 15 of “Late Bloomer,” we meet Lisa Putnam and her sister Kathleen, who are master gardeners and they take us on a tour of Lisa’s family farm in Woodside, CA. Lisa explained that her insectiary brings in beneficial insects which eat the […]

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Patty Pan Squash!

Patty Pan Squash!

| July 17, 2012 | 4 Replies

Patty pan squash is ripe! My young neighbor Sophia and I planted this Cucurbita pepo Balmoral, or Patty Pan Squash, over Memorial Day weekend. Here’s the first harvested one. The tag says 55-65 days to harvest. I took the first one off today at 51 days. You can see us planting the seedling near the end (3:32) […]

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Raw Almond Nut Butter!

Raw Almond Nut Butter!

| July 16, 2012 | Reply

My blog is about all things my garden, BUT, as I won’t be growing almond trees, and I’ve just tasted the most incredible raw almond nut butter, I wanted to share. http://shop.hempspread.com/Raw-Almond-Butter-2576.htm. From Wilderness Poets, there are many other super foods available. You can order online and save money buying more than one! If you try it, […]

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Speaking of Parrots

Speaking of Parrots

| July 15, 2012 | 6 Replies

Speaking of parrots, my neighbor across the street, C.L., has been reporting quite a show with the wild parrots passing through and making hay of my wilted sunflowers. I had been lopping off the deadheads, but when he told me that it was food for the parrots I left them on. I hadn’t seen them, […]

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Insectiary – Parrots

Insectiary – Parrots

| July 15, 2012 | 1 Reply

I’ve been wanting to plant some California native plants that would bring in beneficial insects for my vegetable garden. On my search for a native milkweed, I found Grow Native Nursery in Westwood.    https://www.facebook.com/GNNWestwood. This is one type of Solanum, which should bloom from July to December, which will be nice as other natives […]

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Taking Advice, or Not!

Taking Advice, or Not!

| July 14, 2012 | 5 Replies

Okay, I’m learning. I think it was Anna at oceannah.wordpress.com that said pick early and often to encourage more growth, so I discovered the larger of these two cucumbers today, and the other one I had been watching, and I picked them. I think they are supposed to get quite a bit larger, but I didn’t […]

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July 4th in the Garden – Episode 13

July 4th in the Garden – Episode 13

| July 11, 2012 | 10 Replies

Catch all the fun, and fireworks, with Kaye in her garden on July 4th! You’ll see all the regular neighbors and a couple of new faces! Kaye transplants strawberries, creates a blueberry bog (red and blue!), and greets neighbors in this patriotic episode. Check out her salad at the end. Go to youtube for high […]

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Nasty Aphids Attack Corn!

Nasty Aphids Attack Corn!

| July 9, 2012 | 4 Replies

Nasty Aphids Attack Corn! What else is new? Aphids attack everything! As I was out shaking the tassels to promote pollination, I discovered my second corn plant has been attacked. Everyone passing by my garden has told me they had trouble growing corn here, and I am no exception! Though, I naively thought I might […]

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Flower Island – Episode 12

Flower Island – Episode 12

| July 3, 2012 | 8 Replies

Please watch me struggle to grow flowers on the 6.5′ x 14′ strip of parkway between the street and the sidewalk in “My Flower Island – Episode 12” of “Late Bloomer.” Buckwheat saved the day. For anyone curious about how we are making “Late Bloomer,” this episode was shot over the course of two months. […]

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