Archive for July, 2010

Vinton Youth Community Garden

July 29, 2010 0 Comments
Vinton Youth Community Garden

I’m a little unclear as to how I got into this…  It seemed innocent enough.  Come to a meeting at the Benton County Extension office to talk about a Youth Community Garden.  The city had purchased some lots that had been flooded in ’08 and the Extension had gotten a grant to turn it into […]

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Po-ta-to… Po-tah-to…

July 27, 2010 0 Comments
Po-ta-to… Po-tah-to…

…Doesn’t matter… they were scrumpt-dili-icious! We harvested our first potatoes on Sunday.  And a few onions! This journey began way back in the beginning of April.  I missed planting them on Good Friday because it was raining when I got home from work, but I managed to get them planted on Easter Sunday. They grew nicely… […]

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Trying to Take Pictures

July 22, 2010 1 Comment
Trying to Take Pictures

I love to take pictures in my garden.  We got a digital camera a few years ago and it is great.  Our neighbors probably think I’m nuts going around my garden taking a lot of pictures of plants.  I won’t tell them I take a lot of pictures of the cats, too. There are a […]

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Japanese Beetles

July 15, 2010 2 Comments
Japanese Beetles

This… … is not welcome in my garden. This is the Japanese Beetle, not to be confused with the Asian Lady Beetle… Chances are if you haven’t seen the Japanese Beetle in your garden yet, it will be there soon.  They have been reported in 44 of Iowa’s counties since 1994.  If you are in a county […]

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Potato Bugs

July 8, 2010 0 Comments
Potato Bugs

Lynne sent me an email saying that she has a wonderful patch of potatoes but has some bugs on them.  She called them potato bugs and that brings up an image of the Colorado Potato Beetle. However, there is also an insect called the potato leafhopper. It is probably the beetle since the leafhopper relies […]

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The Backyard

July 7, 2010 10 Comments
The Backyard

Apparently the secret to making the garden look great is to plant it and ignore it.  And the abundant rain is helping, too. And that’s just the original garden.  The only thing we have done is pull some weeds, but the mass of the flowers seems to be keeping that to a minimum.  Of course, […]

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Earwigs

July 5, 2010 3 Comments
Earwigs

KC left a comment on the slug bug post about earwigs and ants.  I’ll talk about the ants in another post, but KC is not the only one noticing all the earwigs around the garden. They are somewhat common but are really noticed after prolonged periods of wet weather.  We have certainly had that! Earwigs […]

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