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SHOTGUN FUN GUYS (FUNGIS) - NATURE’S FASTEST LIVING ORGANISMS

Posted in THINK! , GARDENING on April 21st, 2012

AND - QUITE DESTRUCTIVE WHEN THEY STICK TO YOUR HOUSE, CAR, CAMPER, FENCE, ANYTHING!

MULCH CAN CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY!!

Shotgun Fungis “Sphaerobolus is a genus of fungi in the family Geastraceae. Commonly known as the “cannonball fungi”, species discharge their spores with explosive force. Discharged spore sacs are sticky and have a tendency to strongly adhere to whatever surface they encounter, making them a nuisance to homeowners, pressure washing contractors, landscape mulch producers and insurance companies.”

“Species have a cosmopolitan distribution, and are usually found on dung, decaying wood (such as landscaping mulch), or vegetative litter. Do you REALLY need that mulch around your house and drive?? Really??

Artillary Fungi can damage your home Contaminated Mulch


The Fastest Living Thing on the Planet!


High-speed video of a fungus releasing spores at 180,000 g–the biggest acceleration ever recorded in nature. Courtesy of Nick Money, Miami University, Ohio.

BAKE YOUR DIRT FOR CLEAN START

Posted in Organics, GARDENING on March 13th, 2012

How To Sterilize Soil & Organic Potting Mix Recipes - CLICK
“Potting soil is sterilized to give your plants the best growing environment possible by killing weed seeds or disease organisms that might be lingering in the soil. Most commercial products have already done this but if you want to use that rich dark gold right from your garden or reuse what you have, here are a few different ways you can do it yourself.
You’ll also find a few different recipes for making your own organic potting soil (found at the link to this page).”

Bake Soil to Pasteurize Before Germinating Seeds - CLICK


“For best results to successfully germinate seeds, soil from the garden should not be used unless it is first pasteurized to kill weed seeds and fungi. It is also safe practice to pasteurize potting soil bought from the store prior to planting seeds, although theoretically you can purchase ‘sterile’ potting mixes for this purpose.

Why should I pasteurize the soil before planting or germinating seeds? To eliminate some of the organisms that could harm your seedlings, and to eliminate their spores. The process usually kills most diseases, weeds and insects in the soil.

The procedure is pretty simple if you follow just a few rules.”


Gardening Preparation Tips : How to Sterilize a House Plant’s Potting Soil

HOW TO SHARPEN A CHAINSAW CHAIN

Posted in GARDENING on January 7th, 2012

Chainsaw Carving Easy to do - Sharpening a chainsaw chain using an electric chainsaw sharpener.

“Chains must be kept sharp to perform well. They become blunt rapidly if they touch soil, metal or stones. When blunt, they tend to produce powdery sawdust, rather than the longer, clean shavings characteristic of a sharp chain; a sharp saw also needs very little force from the operator to push it into the cut. Special hardened chains (made with tungsten carbide) are used for applications where soil is likely to contaminate the cut, such as for cutting through roots.”

Chainsaw chain

ORGANIC POTATOES HARVESTED

Posted in Nutrition, Organics, GARDENING on September 17th, 2011

Potatoes have got to be one of the easiest things to grow in a home garden.

As I was getting ready to make breakfast, I remembered that I was out of store-bought organic potatoes. It was a sad moment, for just a moment, because then I remembered that I had a whole lot of potatoes out in the yard. And, it was about time to start harvesting them.

Organic PotatoesRinseHandful of mini-potatoesOn their way to the frying pan.

Garden update May 30, 2010 Harvesting Potatoes

VITAMIN A - EAT SQUASH

Posted in Nutrition, Organics, GARDENING on September 4th, 2011

Vitamin A-mazing!

ORGANIC PEST CONTROL - PARASITIC WASPS

Posted in Organics, GARDENING on August 23rd, 2011

Tomato Hornworms can wipe out a tomato garden in no time at all! But, fear not, there are natural remedies.

Parasitic Wasps (Braconid and Trichogramma) lay their eggs on the larva which is a Tomato Hornworm which become the five-spotted hawkmoth. If you see little white things on the worm don’t kill the worm, place it in a jar with a fresh leaf and keep feeding it until the wasps do their job. These are the cocoons of the wasp and their larva feed inside the host and will kill it. This guy below has just met his maker! Click Here to Learn More

Tomato Hornworms How to get rid of them : GardenFork.TV

HARDLY A HONEY TO BE FOUND

Posted in Nutrition, Organics, GARDENING on August 20th, 2011

The honey bee is a rare thing to be seen in either of the gardens I work - one in the city and the other in rural farmland. So, just what is it that is pollinating the gardens? Hardly a honey bee is to be found in either garden. I do recall seeing one in the city garden this summer, and a couple of them at the cottage. But, that’s it.

Enter the sweat bee. “Sweat bees, also referred to as halictid bees, (Halictidae) are so named for their habit of landing on people and licking the perspiration from the skin in order to obtain the salt. Bees in this family are common throughout North America, with over 1,000 species occurring in North and Central America. These bees are small to medium sized and generally are black or brown colored. However, there are species of sweat bees that are bright metallic green or brassy yellow.” Source: Sweat Bees are Pollinators of Many North American Plants - NBII (National Biological Information Infrastructure)

These little ones are busy body bees. Watching them work a row of cucumber blossoms inspired me to get busy and get some stuff done! They don’t just land, lick, and buzz off. They bury their face into the blossom and go into a flurry of leg and wing activity! At first, I thought these things were trying to eat the flowers.. and, I wasn’t even sure what they were, but, they were all over the place. So, I did what most guys would do - I poked one with my finger figuring it was just a flying ant of some sort, because that’s what it looked like to me. It flew off and came right back to get back to work on that blossom.

That’s about when I figured it was time to grab a cool beverage and sit down for a spell of research on the web. Glad I did. They are mostly bashful and very non aggressive, but, will sting if persistently poked and prodded by the finger of a dumb human.

So, fear not that there are hardly any honey bees around. The sweat bees, along with an assortment of other garden workers such as flies, butterflies, carpenter and bumble bees, wasps, and other insects are teaming up to make sure the garden work of pollination is getting done.

Types of Bees