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Just Moved My Gardening Blog From WordPress To My Webspace

Congrats to myself –

I have finally gotten around to moving my WordPress gardening blog from wordpress.com to my own webspace.  Still making minor edits, such as finding a satisfactory theme.

Stay tuned, I moved my site so that I can keep this site updated and make daily posts.  I’ve also added social networking buttons so you can re-post at will whatever you find worthy.

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Is This A Flea Beetle?

I have these little black things, soft bodied, hopping all over my squash leaves and rattlesnake pole beans. It hops away when I reach to touch it. The few that I can squash are soft bodied.

flea beetle on squash leaf

If this bug is indeed a flea beetle, it is systena blanda and has a wide host range including squash, beans and potatoes. I am blaming the small white dots (missing chlorophyll) on this bug. Neem oil did not rid my garden of them. As of the end of July, I no longer have any summer squash or rattlesnake pole beans left, only winter squash – mostly Waltham butternut and don’t see as many of them. I haven’t seen any of them on my yard long bean arch.

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It’s Mushroom Time In The Woods

Yesterday during my walk thru the woods, I took a few pictures of the mushrooms that have popped up all over the past few weeks.

These pink tops are numerous.  They just pop up and if there are leaves over them, they just push it all up out of their way, still hanging on the mushroom.

mushroom in woods
white mushroom with rounded top
tall mushroom with small button

The tiny red berries are dogwood tree seeds – this little guy is under a dogwood tree.
mushroom by dogwood seeds

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What’s With This New Pot?

I just bought some pots from Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off. This makes them cheaper than from the big box store.

I have never seen this before.  All of my other orange clay pots have been solid orange.  If my ‘Gardening Buddy’ hadn’t broke this pot, I wouldn’t have found this.
black lining of clay pot

I googled around trying to find something, but hadn’t yet found anything about this black core pots.  I bet, however, that this is a cheaper way to make these pots.  Maybe I should stick with the big box actual garden pots and not decorative stuff from a hobby store?

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Dichondra

We planted the Bermuda lawn from seed last spring.  It is planted in solid red clay.  We have fertilized and watered the lawn, but it still has a ways to go.  This means that it is ripe for weeds to take over.  Among the weeds growing in the lawn, I have found lots of dichondra.  This vile little weed is near impossible to pull up – it roots at every leaf junction.

dichondra

At first I thought it was Creeping Charlie, but this weed has smooth, not fluted, leaf edges.
dichondra

It rapidly spreads and crowds out Bermuda.  I have sprayed Bayer weed killer herbicide on it even though dichondra is not listed on it’s label.  If it doesn’t start to yellow soon, I will have to try something else – maybe vinegar.  Last choice will be to buy another commercial herbicide.

I haven’t seen any flowers so I don’t know how this stuff is spreading all over the place.  All over the place.

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Gogi Berry’s 2nd Season

This is the 2nd season that I have had this Gogi Berry.  I am very pleased that it made it thru it’s first season.  I put the pot in our pantry where it kept from freezing but didn’t have great lighting.

Gogi Berry

I know that this plant is somewhat happy because it has popped up several straight shoots.  You can see one clearly on the very left side.  I intend to propagate this plant, but not for a few years.

 

(General garden note:  I put pine bark between my raised beds.  Some are big chunks.  I go out into the woods and load up the bark peelings from dead pine trees.  The chunks will break up as I walk on them.)

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Raspberries

I have decided to raise Raspberries.  They are not as easy to grow here as they are up north, but it is doable.  These will sit in these pots for a while, maybe even this entire season, until I figure the best place to plant them.
raspberries

The 5 pots in the lower left are the raspberries.  The one on the very left isn’t looking to great.  Each is a different variety and I’ll see what ones perform the best.  I know Heritage is supposed to be one of the best for this region.  Fortunately I have one.  I didn’t do my homework before I bought them.

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A Toothache Tree

We had to cut down about a half acre of thick woods for the house.  I was cleaning up the remaining tree parts and came across some very unusual logs.  These trees had large, odd spikes on the bark.  I had to look it up and as it turns out, this was a Toothache tree.  It is also known as Hercules-club tree and Southern Prickly Ash.  (zanthoxylum clava herculis).

The trunk – about 6 inches diameter: (it has  been laying on the ground for about 6 months and it looks like some of the spikes are rotting off):

toothache tree

Some branches:
toothache tree logs

And some smaller branches:
toothache tree

It seems that this tree has properties that relieve tooth aches when the bark is chewed.  The settlers and indians used the tree for this purpose.  Fortunately, looking around the woods, we have a few more of these trees.

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An Ill Looking Zucchini Plant

This zucchini plant doesn’t look well.  It developed light spots when it was still a young plant and has just gotten worse with time.

diseased zucchini plant

It started getting small light spots on the leaves that looked like the tissue was dry in between the veins.  It spread.  New leaves have it.  It starts at the leaf edges and spreads inward.

I looked here, a plant diagnostic page, but didn’t see anything that looked like what is happening to my squash. It will be best to pull and burn the plant in case it is a virus. Still trying to find out what the problem is.

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