Thursday, June 30, 2011

My Tomato Plants Faced Danger

Tomato plants are fortunately resilient! They can be very sensitive plants at most cases but somehow they can be somewhat resilient as well.  Tobacco on your fingers can give the plants a disease but yet the stem can be a little flexible.  Please do be careful with the stem but I found out today that they can also bend a little too.

Our neighbors have a huge (and I mean huge) maple tree on the property line.  The tree has been a bit of a nuisance for us as it takes a lot of sun light away from us and I think that has been half of our problem with the ticks and other various bugs you can find in our yard.  Well I sprayed my garlic spray on the tree last week and today the opportunity came up for the tree to get trimmed, well at least the branches across our yard.  Even tho it is not our tree, we have the right to trim off branches that come across our yard.  Well another neighbor had a power saw and a long ladder and came by and did it for us today!! Yes that made me quite happy.  Of course I took most of the day cleaning up pieces from the tree in the yard.

Well to get to my point of the tomato plants, the long branches that were cut came crashing down.  When they did, my biggest tomato plants happened to be in line of fire.  It was the biggest and heaviest branch that happened to land on them.  The way the branch landed, most of the weight did not land on the plants. Enough weight to snap a couple of the small tomato branches but no major harm was done! Some of the plants are now looking a little limp but not bad.  I believe that they will recover, I will see tomorrow once the sun hits them.  It looked almost like the stems were flexible enough to bend but not break.  These plants were getting big and had a lot of tomatoes started on them so I am very hopeful.  At least the plants did not get totally destroyed given what they went through today.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Deer Ticks Are Here, Trying to Get Rid of Them

Image showing appearance and relative sizes of...Image via WikipediaMy youngest daughter happened to have a deer tick on her the other day.  Not sure if it was from our yard or if it was from the playground that we took them to.  My guess would be from our yard tho.  A lot of neighbors have dogs which I have heard attract the little buggers (along with fleas) and some of our neighbors have not kept up with the weeds in their yard which I have heard can be another big problem.  

I found the tick on her while getting her in the shower.  The deer tick is very small and it looked almost like a sunspot on her.  I barely noticed it was a tick.  I had a Dr remove it so that they did it without breaking the head off.  The head was embedded in her shoulder.  No worries, the Dr does not think that she was exposed to this little pest long enough to contract any diseases.

So of course now after finding a tick on her, I panicked about how bad our yard might be.  I did a lot of searching to see what the best thing to use would be and what I kept seeing was people using garlic.  Supposedly the ticks don't like garlic and it will kill them.  Yup, you know what I did! Went out and bought plenty of garlic.  I soaked minced garlic (from the jar in it's own juice) in a big jar with water.  I soaked it overnight.  I got a spray bottle and used the water from the soaking garlic.  It smelled pretty strong so I think I should be good.  This was used on the fence surrounding our yard and as much of the trees and leaves I could get with the liquid.  I sprinkled a bunch of garlic powder all over (and I mean all over) the yard.  I covered the yard first, then did the trees.  This way any pests falling off the trees would land in the garlic :) Of course my yard now smells like a pizza but all is good.  It is supposed to help against other pests also.  The best part is, this is non toxic to your kids, yourself and your pets.  Oh and it won't hurt your garden either, just don't spray directly onto a plant that you plan on harvesting within a couple days.  I am sure it will taste like garlic! 
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Are Bugs Eating Your Plants?

Our weather has been a little crazy here the lately so our bug population will probably be a little higher this summer.  My Mom saw a product at Lowe's on her last trip there for something.  This product is an eco friendly garden insect killer, she got me a bottle to use.  Fortunately I used it before the bugs started getting out of hand but I did see a couple little nibble holes on just a couple pepper leaves before using this.  After using this, I have not seen any more insect nibbles on any of the plants.  It has been working great, I love it! I notice that a couple of the weeds just outside of my garden have quite a bit of insect nibbles on them ( you can tell the difference by if the leaves have little holes in them or if they have been torn apart, little holes are the insects and torn apart is an animal such as my cat.)  All the plants that I have sprayed have gorgeous leaves while the bugs are now forced to eat the weeds :)  I highly recommend this product to everyone! It is non toxic so it is safe to use around kids and pets.  It is all natural oils, you can spray it on and harvest the same day.  No harsh chemicals at all.  Only thing I recommend (it will tell you on package) is that you do not spray it on plants in the middle of the hot afternoon sun as temporary leaf burn may occur.  It does not take long at all to dry, you can spray in the morning before the sun and before the heat comes.  I can honestly say that this is the best insect killer spray in my opinion.  It really works.  You can find it at Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart and I am sure there are other places as well.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Cucumber Plants

I don't know much about cucumber plants yet but I will be learning this year! These are my cucumber plants.  They were not started from seeds, they were given to me already started.  I think they are happy in the yard tho, I have a bunch of flowers growing on them.  This picture was taken yesterday and I already have more flowers on them since these pictures were taken.  I was a little concerned at first as when I first planted them, they looked like they were not taking real well but it must have just taken them some time to adjust.  They are doing great now! I am hoping for some nice cucumbers this summer, with no wax on them like the ones in the store.

Crazy Weather Here But Plants Are Doing Good

The weather here has been quite crazy! At least my plants are doing great tho.  The tomato plants that I started from seeds have been growing finally (it got cold and rainy for a while right after planting) and my pepper plants have been doing quite well.  The tomato plants that I bought already started have grown to a nice size over the last week and a half.  I think they like the soil here in my yard better then the miracle gro soil that I had plants in last year! I had one plant that actually started getting a tomato growing (one of the plants I bought not started from seeds) but the wind was a bit much I guess.  The little tomato fell off, either that or something ate it off.  The ones I planted from seeds have more then doubled in size from when I planted them now.  Next year I may just try planting the seeds right into the yard.  Experimenting with gardening still, I am sure I will have it perfected in time!