Mar 13

Spider Mites

We don’t really have the light for growing houseplants in the Jones’ household, therefore they don’t thrive well here. Most of the windows are small and we’re surrounded by a lot of wooded area.

I pretty much gave up trying to keep houseplants alive.

But that’s okay, because all but one of our houseplants are really food plants. The exception being a Valentine’s Day gift of a bonsai tree. All these plants need to do is make it through the winter, and they’ll be back where they are happiest.

So it was about a month or more ago that both the Meyer lemon tree and the Clementine began losing leaves. I figured it was from being indoors over the winter, and since spring was just around the corner, all would soon be well.

Then I noticed the same thing happening to a pepper I grew from seed. Hmmm.

Upon closer inspection, I saw this:

Gardening Jones shares her experience dealing with spider mites.

Spider Mites weave tiny webs.

And this:

Gardening Jones shares her experience dealing with spider mites.

By the time you see the web, they are happily reproducing.

It was also on the citrus plants.

I gave it a good treatment of diluted Neem oil with a little added dish soap. Then I waited and watched.

About 2 weeks later I saw a couple more webs, so gave them another dose.

Now it has been another few weeks, and it looks like we’re in the clear. Both trees and the pepper plant have a lot of new growth.

Gardening Jones shares her experience dealing with spider mites.

New growth at every junction.

Here’s what I learned:

1. Spider mites are often on outdoor plants, but are usually kept at bay by predators and the weather.

2. They can however hatch indoors when they are brought inside.

3. They will suck the life out of a plant’s leaves.

4. They are way tiny and by the time you see their webs, they are already doing damage.

So, note to self: Treat plants before they are brought indoors in the fall.

Have you ever dealt with spider mites?

Feb 15

Sunday Shares 2/14/16

This is very likely the coldest day we will have all winter, with temperatures dropping well below zero and a nasty windchill.

Still the February sun is melting the small amount of snow that came with the cold, and spring is getting closer every day.

A Patio Tomato growing indoors in February.

This picture is of our first flower on the patio tomato that is growing in our kitchen. Previously, our earliest tomato was the beginning of July.

Call it cheating if you want. but we sure are going to beat that record.

In the meantime, here are some links we came across that you may find interesting. Have a great week!

The 7 Best Eggs You Aren’t Eating -Another reason I need to get ducks again.

Hot to Tap Maple Trees for Syrup -I want to try this some day.

No-Fail Sauerkraut

Miniature and Fairy Gardens

5 Cool Ways to Make a Bee House

How to Keep Weeds to a Minimum

23 Ways to reuse empty tissue boxes.

How to Not Be a Hoarder – 50 Things You Need to Throw Away

Jan 31

Sunday Shares

Gardening Jones shares links to articles of interest each week.

It has been an interesting week weather wise.

We started out shoveling and ended up melting instead. Ahead we are looking at more warmer than normal temperatures as El Nino continues to affect us.

I’ll take it.

In fact, I may just do some internet surfing on the front porch today.

In the meantime, here are some links to articles of interest I stumbled over this week. Enjoy!

This is a wonderful map showing the trail of migratory birds. Neat stuff.

Young gorillas dismantle poachers’ traps. Love it!

Have you heard of The Convention of States? Check it out.

I’ve tried nasturtiums, but never calendula. Did you know you can eat them?

Are trees social beings?

Interesting article about the psychological effects of burning Frankincense as incense.

Jan 24

Links of Interest 4

Gardening Jones shares the links she found this week that y'all might like.

It was all over the news this weekend, and likely will continue into the week.

We had a mere 8″ of snow, but SaveTheWorld, our youngest, had the luck to be living in Baltimore.

You can barely see her car.

So whether you’re in the cold of Florida or the snow along the other parts of the east, here are some links we think you will enjoy.

Stay warm!

A cute video on the history of popcorn. Have you ever grown your own?

A four-in-one gardening blog post.

OT, but some neat kitchen gadgets.

Our post on GRIT on making a mason bee house.

Some hearty and healthy slow cooker recipes for your Meatless Monday.

Community Gardens Imperiled by NY’s Affordable Housing Plans.

Our 6 most recent blog posts.

Grow more dry beans! Fart Filtering undies. I kid you not.

And on that note… :-)

Have a great week y’all!

Jan 17

Links of Interest 3

Gardening Jones shares some of the more interesting links she has come across.

Some chickens don’t mind the winter.

We actually got some cold weather this past week here in the northeast. Still, we are gearing up for the upcoming gardening season, and as such are always perusing the internet for interesting gardening links.

Here are a few we thought you might also enjoy.

Have a great week y’all!

How Birds Stay Warm in Winter

Fruit Walls – Urban Farming in the 1600’s

Why Not Label GMO Foods?

What are Pulses?

While we’re on the subject.

Hmm… Persian Basil. Sounds interesting.

Breeding Dwarf Tomatoes. Neato stuff.

Jan 10

Links of Interest 2

Gardening Jones shares links to interesting things she finds on the internet each week.

About Microgreens

Please excuse the language, but this short video is great.

DIY Tomato Buckets

Hershey Dumps GMO Sugar Beets

On companion planting.

15 Gardening Hacks.

This is very long, but holy heck!

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