Sunday, December 1, 2013
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
We recently ran out of the thistle seed for the goldfinches but I recently observed them in my garden. They are perching on the beet leaves and eating what I believe to be the damaged leaf sections from the feeding of the whitefly larvae! I have also noticed much less damage this growing season from the whiteflies on the beet, swiss chard and spinach leaves. What I learn in the garden each year is just awesome!
Friday, May 24, 2013
My French Breakfast radishes are aptly named since I just finished eating some this morning along with some volunteer German White radishes. The German Whites I had let go to seed last year in the garden so I could save the seeds. They are an heirloom from Seed Savers Exchange which is an important organization of which I am a long term member. More on that later but for now this blog that I have been planning is finally off to a start. As you can see from the photo the German Whites have slight root maggot damage whereas the French Breakfast do not. I applied diatomaceous earth to the soil as I planted the seeds this spring. However, the reason I grow French Breakfast radishes in the first place is their natural resistance to such pests compared to other common varieties of radishes. Hmmmm, there is a chance here for a side-by-side experiment in the future...