Laner, that’s awesome!
"As the author of this gardening thread I hereby officially invite your bulbs to the veggie section."
Does anyone have a solution for tomato hornworms that doesn’t involve pesticides? They multiply faster than I can pick them off and I swear they actually enjoy being sprayed with neem oil...
Thanks for the tips. I think I’ll relocate my bird feeder closer to the garden for starters. I’m going to try to get chickens restarted again this year so hopefully they can help.Have you tried introducing bird feeders into the garden and attracting Cardinals with black oil sunflower, saffsa flower, or cracked corn? Downy woodpeckers are said to eat hornworms too. We only had one hornworm last year in our garden, maybe it was the birds?
Maybe try a birdbath and a few feeders with a selection of bird seeds to attract Cardinals, Woodpeckers, Blue Birds, and there is one more... can not remember. Chickens will also eat them!
Per a conversation with @Lamkins I was given the following statement:
This is the first time growing bulbs like this in the house during Spring. Seems to work, as opposed to planting outside - where there is low bloom productivity. It started with Freesias because of fragrance.
Bulbs are soaked in warm water for 24 hours. Change the water daily until they sprout - then plant them in a coconut mixture, or keep in water with rocks. Place in an area with sunlight, or by a kitchen indoor gardening light. I used old pots around the house instead of purchasing the recommended terracotta pots.
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It is an inspiration during our cold winters, and a nice learning exercise for our child.
In the past I've grown cucumbers (and made homemade pickles, delicious), lettuce, onions, okra, tomatoes, strawberries, and peppers. I'm not doing any vegetables this year, but do have some pretty flowers and a decent herb garden with basil, sage, rosemary, cilantro, thyme, oregano, spearmint, and cilantro. I've been cooking with my fresh herbs regularly and they're so tasty. My peach tree has produced a few peaches for the first time this year, yay! And the figs on the tree are coming in, too.
My dad has always made gigantic batches of pickles every year. I remember the first day or so, I enjoyed the smell of the brine... and then it would just get oppressive after that.Any advice on what to grow with the cucumbers to add to the pickles?
We have A LOT of garlic growing and will use that. Also thinking of growing some dill. All my experience with pickling was the week or so when I was a kid that I would get on the school bus each morning smelling like a pickle factory.