The National Gardening Association recently ran a report which stated that the main reasons people grow food in their gardens are:
58% desire better tasting food
54% want to save money on food bills
51% want better quality food
48% want to grow food they know is safe
It’s raining again! With cold temps,rain and a dusting of snow on the mountains, it’s hard to believe spring is here. All in all, guess it was a pretty mild winter and a wet one to boot. We sure did need the rain!
In the garden arena, the broccoli was downright mediocre- big plants, gorgeous leaves puny heads. Last year we had lovely huge heads; but, this year was a disappointment. Not to worry! Nothing goes to waste here at the urban homestead, broccoli leaves are great to cook with – just ask sis.
Because of the somewhat mild winter, the aphids thrived and survived. Not good! Hundreds have been spotted MUCH earlier than in normal years. They are now happily sucking on the juicy steams of our lovely kales and chards. We’ll tolerate these sap suckers for awhile, hoping they’ll move on to our beneficial borders of host plants – nasturtiums. Or hope that the lady bugs roll into town soon.
If not, I might just have to take matters into our my hands and shoot ‘em with a nice garlic spray.
Garlic Spray (via Allpestco.com)
1 garlic bulb
1 quart of water
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
Crush the garlic, mincing it fine. Add finely chopped onion to the mixture, while adding the rest of the ingredients except the soap. Wait an hour before adding the soap to the mixture. The spicy ingredients must sort of stew or steep, almost like tea. After an hour, add the soap and your non-toxic spray is ready to use! This can be stored in the fridge for a week.
Every growing season, there’s always something to contend with. It’s the roll of the dice when it comes to farming.