Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Recipe for less toxic “dormant oil" to suffocate overwintering pests, such as aphids and mites.
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoon liquid soap
1 gallon water
How to Prevent Diseases and Insects that Attack Peaches/Nectarine?
Notes - Chemical sprays for bacterial spot are not practical for the home grower. The best way to control bacterial spot is to select resistant peach varieties. Peeling fruit removes most traces of the disease.
- Spray program with dormant sprays and carry on through the growing season
- Collecting diseased fruit as soon as it appears and removing infected twigs and mummies from the trees will reduce the carry-over of brown rot to the next season.
- If fruit ripening occurs during a period of warm, wet weather, a very rigid spray program is required to control brown rot.
- It is important to begin spraying just before the fruit ripens. Delaying a spray program until rotten fruit is evident will result in very poor control regardless of the effort.
- Controll Peach Scab with chemical sprays applied at the "shuck split" stage and every 14 days for the next four to six weeks
- Never plant a peach tree in an old vegetable garden site. Root-knot nematodes can build up on many vegetables. The safest planting sites are portions of the yard where bermuda or other lawns have been established for years.
- Oak Root Rot disease is caused by a soil borne fungus that attacks and kills peach roots. The fungus will survive for many years in the soil on roots of hardwood trees long since removed. There is no control.
- Do not prune trees in October, November, December and January, wait until mid-February to prune the trees. Pruning in late winter reduces the chance of winter injury and infection by the bacterial canker organism.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I found some wild mushrooms growing on the top of the mulch. These large mushrooms have a strong visual appeal with clusters of brown caps are contrasted against creamy white stems, the caps ranging in size from 3 to 5 inches. I don't think it's edible, possible toxic?
Some mushrooms are growing next to the flowers
Mushroom Growing Made Easy
Let's Grow Mushrooms
~ A beautiful poem by Wanda G. Black
I sit here and gaze at God's blue sky
With white puffy clouds drifting by
And the vibrant green of grass and trees
And the flowers all bowing in the breeze
Then I look out across the peaceful pond
At the woods and the pasture just beyond.
And closer in, flying into view
The finch, the cardinal, and the bluebird, too.
In the redwood swing, I lean back and then
Enjoy the melody of the wren.
The whir of the hummingbird darting by
The sight of the buzzard, floating high.
The robin defending its hidden nest
By chasing away the cowbird pest.
I sit out here and swing along
As I listen with joy to God's nature song.
And as I listen to each trill and peep,
I close my eyes and fall asleep.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
100 Hybrid cherry tomatoes
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I plant some of the Irises next to the blackberry, it still blooms without any problem.Daily fresh cut flowers for indoor decoration... feel like a florist :-)
A friend told me that if Iris corms being planted too deeply or lack of sunlight, it will cause the non-blooming problem. Avoid to put the corm down an inch or more. The corm should be on the surface and the roots buried, or the corm should be half buried.
Monday, June 22, 2009
The first one is a twist - sweet potato tapioca puddingThe second one is sweet potato . I put all in a larger baker - it saves time, but doesn't look as good as the picture in the cookbook.
You can find the recipe here:
Down Home Healthy Cooking: Recipes and Tips for Healthy Cooking
Worth to take a look:
Acrylamide in Food and Cancer Risk
Heterocyclic Amines in Cooked Meats
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
- Germinate spinach seeds in a large pot with light moisture soil
- Use flower pot to avoid insects from the ground.
- Place it under partial shade
- After 40-50 days, cut spinach leaves from outside of the plant, when it gets mature harvest entire plants before flowering.
- Harvest a patch of home grown spinach for salad, soup, or light cooking.
- Nutrient content is best if eat the spinach straight after picking, remember to wash it in cool water.
Can you remember any cartoon characters that inspire kids to eat healthy food?
I guess not a whole lot...
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Have a great weekend & happy gardening!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
- Nectarine Fruit Tree Disease
- Spinach, Spicy Globe Basil (Ocimum Basilicum), Okr...
- Got Mushroom?
- Bird Watching
- Plum, Nectarine, Peach 3-in-1 Multi-budded Fruit T...
- Harvest of the Day: Cherry Tomatoes, Berries, Spin...
- Two-Tone Mauve-Yellow Gladious Blooms
- Sweet Potato Custard
- Yellow Mum Flowers
- Happy Father's Day
- Baby Spinach
- Straight-Necked Summer Yellow Squash (Cucurbita s...
- Dwarf / Patio Lime Tree
- The Latest Harvest: Plum, Peach, Berries...
- White House's Garden Party - 73 Pounds of Lettuce
- Introducing 3 beauties in my garden
- Hydrangea - Flower of The Week
- Epipremnum Aureum (Scindapsus Aureus) - Easy Care ...
- Magnolia Grandiflora
- Raspberry...Blackberry...Blueberry...More Berries
- Scarecrow Motion-Activated Sprinkler
- Tea Olive Shrub - Osmanthus fragrans
- Summer vs. Winter
- Another unknown pink flower
- FREE Downloadable Deck or Fence Designer Software
- Random Pictures: Lime, Raspberries, House Plant, S...
- Grow Our Own Sprouts
- It's Time to Harvest the Blackberry and Raspberry
- From Garden To Dining Table
- Romaine Lettuce - harvest in 2 months
- ▼ June (31)
- Citrus latifolia
- cocktail tree
- Crimson Pygmy Barberry
- Day Lilies
- Deck or Fence
- Deer Resistant Plant
- dormant oil
- Dusty Miller
- Flower Pot Arrangement
- fruit tree
- Fruit Tree Disease
- garden decor
- garden plan
- Green Onion
- ground cover
- house plant
- Insect - Natural Repellent
- Japanese Beetles
- King Edward Yellow
- maple tree
- Mint (Mentha Species)
- Motion-Activated Sprinkler
- Natural Science Museum
- nectarine tree
- Old Quebec
- Pansy Flower
- peach tree
- pear tree
- plum tree
- Romaine Lettuce
- Sea Pink
- Spring blossom
- sweet potato
- Tea Olive Shrub
- Tropical botanic garden
- Vegetable Garden
- Vertical Gardening
- Western Pride
- Wild flower
- winter melon