April 18th, 2012
Spring has Sprung…

(cross-posted from Fire and Ice) ….and it’s that time of the year. Gardening time. As I sit writing this post, a man is out next to the house tilling up massive amounts of ground for me to plant things. I’m, erm, sort of being ambitious about my planting projects this year.

For years now I’ve been wanting to do a large, proper organic garden. I want to be able to grow food we can prepare and eat at our own table. We’ve recently moved and now I have all the planting space I need.

So…yeah, kind of ambitious. I’m planning to plant a row of raspberry plants, blackberry bushes, a strawberry patch, make a blueberry hedgerow, and grow a whole slew of vegetables. Oh, did I mention grapes, I’m going to grow those too.

And all of this will be done without pesticides or any chemicals that I, or my family, will have a chance of ingesting. I’ve done my research, but, honestly, I’m a new gardener with a limited amount of experience.

I know that in order to control for birds (berries, yo. Birds like berries) I’ll have to set up scarecrows. I also know that to control for bugs and weeds, I’ll have to lay straw beneath the plants and plant marigolds and garlic (repels bugs). The jury is out on the black weed-prevention material. People keep telling me it’s not worth it.

As usual, I didn’t wade in, I just threw myself headfirst into the deep end. I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going. (Hold me, I’m scared.)

Does anyone have any good advice for me? I need all of it I can get.

4 comments to “Spring has Sprung…”

  1. I haven’t got any kind of green thumb so I can’t help you but I’m sure you’ll manage.

  2. Well, I’m not as good with fruits as I am with vegetables. But one thing that helps with birds is chicken wire or poultry netting. It comes on a giant roll of about 50 ft.

    If you grow tomatoes, make sure you get some sort of tomato cage. Or you can set up some stakes and tie the top of the plant to it once it starts to produce tomatoes otherwise the plant will fall to the ground.

    And make sure to leave plenty of space between each item because the plant will spread more than you think.

  3. Here is some truc Anya
    Step 1

    Plant vegetables that are resistant to insect infestation. Beans, beets, cucumbers and squash are relatively insect-resistant, while potatoes, carrots, cabbage and broccoli all attract various pests.
    Step 2

    Follow a regular water and fertilizer schedule to keep plants strong. Healthy plants are more resistant to pests.
    Step 3

    Weed your garden well and regularly to minimize hiding places for insect pests and to prevent the weeds from competing with your vegetables for water and nutrients.
    Step 4

    Remove infested plants to prevent the pests from spreading to neighboring vegetable plants.
    Step 5

    Remove and destroy all plants after the harvest is finished.
    Step 6

    Attract insect predators by growing plants that feature small flowers, such as daisies, dill and coneflower. These plants will encourage predators of insects and beneficial insects including ladybugs, nematodes, bats and birds.
    Physical and Chemical Methods

    Step 1

    Place traps around the outside of your garden. Pheromone traps attract insects during their mating cycles, and yellow sticky traps are effective against flying insects such as aphids, whiteflies and fungus gnats.
    Step 2

    Pick insects off your vegetables by hand or use a jet of water from your garden hose to dislodge them.
    Step 3

    Place insects in a bucket of soapy water to kill them after removal.
    Step 4

    Use Bacillus thuringiensis bacteria and beneficial nematodes, which can be found at garden centers, to kill insects in the garden.
    Step 5

    Spot spray insect-infested plants with plant-based insecticides like neem or pyrethrins as a last resort.
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    Tips and Warnings

    Insecticide sprays applied to the entire garden may kill beneficial insects along with the pests.

    Things You’ll Need

    Insect-resistant vegetable varieties
    Small-flowered plants
    Pheromone traps
    Yellow sticky traps
    Bucket of soapy water
    Bacillus thuringiensis
    Beneficial nematodes
    Botanical pesticide targeted to specific insects


    Oregon State University Extension: Don’t Let the Bugs Beat You To It

    Read more: How to Protect Vegetables From Insects in the Garden | Garden Guides http://www.gardenguides.com/96465-protect-vegetables-insects-garden.html#ixzz1svkyYAeU
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    Hope I was able to help you a little

  4. Wow! Thank you!!!