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Weed'em & Reap this Friday FEBRUARY 4th at 7:00 PM

Posted Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 1:08 PM

We may need a new PR Man, I almost forgot to announce this.

We will meet at the Celebration Assisted Living, 895 Union Street in Shelbyville.

Judy will present a unique method of sowing seeds in pots outside in the snow and cold weather. The weather forecast looks like it will be quite appropriate even though we got a Spring teaser this weekend.

I brought a soil block maker last time but we ran out of time to actually demonstrate it. Will try again this week.


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I have a few cuttings of a triangle cactus, also known as barbed wire cactus that I can bring to the meeting if someone want to try it.

We have never seen it flower but this will give you an idea of what it looks like http://cactiguide.com/cactus/?genus=Acan...

I only have a few so speak up if you are interested.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Feb 1, 2011, at 10:18 PM

I'm always ready to try a new houseplant, so please put me on the list for the triangle cactus. By the way, the teacher in me says, "Look at the title of your blog and see if you spot what is wrong. Hint-we're almost ready for Valentine's Day in which month?":)

-- Posted by jbillswms on Tue, Feb 1, 2011, at 11:08 PM

Guess my bones are thinking cold again, or maybe that is my brain. Thanks.

For those of you who may see this after I have changed it, I was living in the wrong month. Hope you folks who saw it read through it.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 2, 2011, at 6:51 AM

On another note, we have discussed diatomaceous earth a little bit here and said what a great natural, "mechanical" insecticide it is, so when I was reading a back article of Organic Gardening last night (believe it was July 1967) I was reminded that it is non selective in what it can kill.

That means good AND bad insects can be affected. It works by the sharp (under a microscope) pieces of fossilized shell penetrating the insect's skeleton and dehydrating it.

If applied with forethought you can avoid hurting pollinators, like bees. Use it up to flower opening and then try applying it selectively and late in the afternoon when bees have gone home for the day.

I plant to use it around young seedlings planted outside to reduce cutworm damage. Since cutworm can be devastating quickly, I will also protect a fair amount with traditional deterrents but I want to see what DE will do for me.

WE do not keep many poisons around the house, so we often chase little buggers to get them out, but while we were talking about it this past garden meeting, I realized that we have not done much of it this past year.

The only thing different was that we swept DE into the cracks under the floor molding, so maybe this did what we wanted. Isn't it great? Dust can be good!

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 2, 2011, at 7:08 AM

Hmmm, I think I will also sprinkle some on top of my seed starting trays to discourage or KILL the pesky gnats that love moist soil to breed. Probably wait until the top has dried just a touch, then water from the bottom so the DE is not washed away.

I don't expect to have trouble with slugs in the greenhouse, but DE would help that too.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 2, 2011, at 7:21 AM

Another choice for deterring slugs/snails would be oyster shells. Some form of shell is probably available at farm stores.

They would last longer than DE and they would raise the ph a little bit because of their high lime content.

Eggshells would do this too but unless you have a source for a LOT of eggs, they might be hard to get enough. Maybe a restaurant or cafeteria?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 2, 2011, at 7:24 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.