Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It's Movie Time!

This is a cheater way to update my blog, I know. Kind of like a teacher showing movies on days when she didn't plan a lesson. Which of course I would *neeever* do. Anyway, you can lay on the bean bags and I'll turn off the lights as long as you're quiet. Keep your hands to yourself or we're doing worksheets. Enjoy!

Windy Hill Farms Presents: Double Digging

This is a lovely way to prep your in-ground garden beds. Many plants benefit from being closer to the Earth than what a raised bed allows. Experiment with both and see what works best in your area. If you are not excited about the amount of work involved in double digging, this method presents an excellent opportunity to put a little cash in the hands of a neighborhood kid or local garden center employee.

My boss!

I work for The Natural Gardener, and the owner/originator of our company has a gardening show on KLRU here in Austin. Scroll through the youtubes. He has a LOT of helpful videos.

Carol Ann knows Emeril! Emeril goes green! The things Google can teach you about your own community...

Carol Ann Sayle of Boggy Creek Farm speaking for a chicken meetup group at her farm in Austin, Texas.

Nice John Dromgoole video on seed saving. Tomatoes are particularly interesting. You have to rot them. I love all the weird discoveries that organic gardening offers on a daily basis.

Another fun thing about gardening in general, is misfit vegetables. See my other blog for the amazing screwtop carrot.

And finally, I love Finca Pura Vida, but I can't find a video on/from them, so here is a video on soil improvement, because according to Gayla Lyons, that is the secret to the incredible produce at this uber-organic farm.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bug Season in Texas

Conditions have been ideal here in Central Texas this Spring for all kinds of bugs. Some of the most popular critters coming into the nursery in plastic bags are salt marsh caterpillars, various leaf and flower beetles, spider mites, scale, and these guys. I wrongly identified them last week when a customer brought them in as Paranapiacaba tricincta, or Desert Leaf Beetle. Today, I got a chance to look at them more carefully when a co-worker brought some in. Still, even with a few other critter-enthusiasts at the info desk helping me search, I couldn't find an exact match. We are fortunate to have a microscope that takes pictures though, something that makes the bug-lover in me absolutely rejoice, so I snapped a pic of ours and sent it to I LOVE this site, and have probably mentioned it before over at Junebug Soup. I spent my first year of gardening glued to it. Every time I noticed a new bug in the garden, I tossed it in a jar, and it sat next to my computer until I could find it on WTB. Today, I also utilize, a more organized but slightly less personalized site. Both are wonderful sites and together provide a powerhouse of information.

WTB answered me by the time I got home from work, so I can bring the info back in tomorrow for the next person that brings in a baggy of these Opulent Lema Leaf Beetles. Thanks WTB!!!