Random Pictures

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees), Our Ducks, Our Goats | Posted on 18-06-2010

 
Avacado Tree

  
Picture #2 of the Avacado tree

 
                                               Okra


More Okra

   
Butternut Squash Sprouts

 
                          Cucumber

   
More Cucumber                                                                                     


Male Mallard(only mallard left from Easter) 


Zucinni


Adult Peking Ducks

 
   Casper

 
                                            Casper                                                                                       

 
Four Half grown mallards(All Females, I think)  


      Midnight 

 
                    Sweet Basil in my herb garden


Peking duck eggs

 
          Another picture of Peking duck eggs

Bug Spray for gardens

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees) | Posted on 17-06-2010

OK, So normally I would pick all the bugs off the plants, but this time I decided to look up easy to make bug spray for a garden.   There are so many out there, but I am trying a combo of two recipies.  I’ll let you know how that turns out.

The first one is
1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Hot Pepper sauce (the hotter the better)
1/8 tsp Liquid Soap

The other one is
1 Tablespoon liquid dish soap per gallon of water

I combined the two and we will see how it does
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1 TBS Hot Pepper Sauce(I only had texas pete hot sauce)
1 TBS Liquid dish soap
1 gallon of water

I just sprayed it on the leaves and I hope I don’t end up killing my plants, I’ll let you guys know how it went.

Here are some links to places with recipies for bug spray for the garden
http://www.gardenersnet.com/spray.htm
http://www.howtogardenadvice.com/challenges/organic_insect_control.html
http://my.gardenguides.com/forums/topic/44161

The folloing is from a post at this site

add a couple teaspoons of lemon juice to the water oil and soap.

apply the 2 batches to different sides of the garden, see which one works better for you. The lemon juice seems to break the oil into smaller particles, lets it flow better or helps it to give a finer coating to the plants. Whatever the reason, I’ve tried the 2 batch test, and the little bit of lemon juice works better.

Other potions to try:
toss some rosemary in the blender with some water, then run the blend through a strainer, an old sock works just fine. Spray it on yourself. It might not do much for picking up chicks, but the mosquitos will leave you alone.

Garlic and water in a blender, strain it, spray it directly on plants. The garlic produces an enzyme called allicin when it is crushed. The allicin has antibiotic properties. Spraying it on your plants helps knock down bacterial diseases, molds, and mildews. It drives off some bugs, and surely helps keep the rabbits at bay.

Tomato leaves and water in the blender. Spray directly on plants, helps to drive off insects, sees to work well on aphids. Has a strong odor to it.

Herbs in a blender work much the same way as the tomato leaves. The strong odor is not the only thing that drives off the bugs. Some bugs will have a reaction with some plant teas. Basil has some strong acids in it that are water soluble. The acids come out in the tea. Oregano should be tried as well.

Most of these teas are made more potent by using hot water in the blender. Be sure to let it cool before spraying your plants.
Be sure to filter the tea. It’s not a problem for your plants, the problem is in clogging the nozzle of your sprayer.

OK! So I had read somewhere that vinegar can kill plants, But I thought that was if you watered with it,  I post to a homestedading site I joined what I was doing and got an e-mail back that not only will vinegar kill the plant but using Apple Cider Vinegar can even attract bugs.  I guess tonight when I water the garden,  I will spray them down extra well and try something else.

Another Hot Day

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees) | Posted on 16-06-2010

Monday and Tuesday we were under heat advisery’s, the heat index was supposed to make it feel as hot as 110 degrees.  Let me tell you the few times I was out in it, it felt hotter, I checked todays weather and the heat index is supposed to make it feel as hot as 103.   We got some rain last night which I hope will keep things cooled off for at least a little bit, but it is really hot here and I wish there was at least a breeze blowing as to help make it feel cooler, no one wants to do anything outside other than maybe go swimming when it’s that hot out.  I am so behind on weeding the garden it’s not funny, all because it’s so hot out.

So Hot!!!

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Posted by kat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 12-06-2010

It is so hot here today, the weather information I saw online said that it 95 and the heat index makes it feel like 102.  I have watered the animals TWICE, and while they all have shade they were just a panting away.  The kids are supposed to have horse camp starting next week possibly, but if today’s meeting was anything to go by it was awefuly hot, we even started the meeting at 9:00am and we were all starting to overheat by 12.  I also watered the garden this morning to try and give them a little extra water as hot as it has been.  While I grew up in weather like this, I sure don’t like it as an adult.

More fruit of my labor’s Harvested 6-11-2010

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees) | Posted on 11-06-2010

Here is a picture of what I got out of my garden today.   I have two tomatoes that are just now turning yellow, so I should have some tomatoes soon.

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