Mantis on a eggplant

The annual invasion of praying manti has begun. Everywhere you look in the garden you can spot these magnificent predators.   Unfortunately manti aren’t beneficial for controlling spider mites for this mite is running rampant throughout the tomatoes and bean crop.   We called in a back up, ordering a predator mite but to no avail; the mites are continuing to spread. Instead of keeping the infested plants, we are replacing them with a new bunch.  

With the unusually humid weather we’ve been having, the garden is a bit out of kilter. Yes, the humidity still lingers heavily over the Southland.  Every day massive “thunder boomers” rise up in the distance behind the mountains, bringing torrential rain to the high desert and high humidity to the Los Angeles basin.

Besides the invasion of the manti, and sweaty temps, there are also renegades in the garden! Plants that pop up voluntarily in odd sorts of places.  One of the most outstanding, a massive winter squash vine (early signs say that it’s a hubbard), has taken over one of the raised beds.  Justin fashioned a tepee for it to grow on and it’s happily obliged, running up the 10 foot poles in no time. Renegades are always welcome in our garden!

Moving Forward

For the rest of the summer we are trying to establish the garden and other parts of the urban homestead for easy management if we have to leave for an extended period of time for educational travel purposes. Whenever we leave for any length of time, there is always someone here to manage the place for us and answer the phone while we are gone. Our place is never unattended.

Getting preparations ready for Sol Fest. Jules and Jordanne have finished designing the new (better than ever) PTF brochure (thanks, Caragh, for the assistance). We are again having them eco-printed in Canada by agreen company which uses 100% post consumer paper and soy based inks. 

We also are having another batch of PTF tee shirts made (thanks, Dermot, for the help!).   We are proud that they will be sweat shop free, organic and eco-screened by a green company in Northern California.

Jules is working on his presentation; however, looking at the workshop schedule, we found that the PTF workshop is at the same time as whenRichard Heinberg speaks on the big stage.  

Survey Says

For you readers out there, we’d like if you could take come time to answer a “Peak Oil” survey that Jules has put together. By filling out this survey you will help us with the project we are working on for Sol Fest by determining what people’s thoughts are on this vital subject.We’ll keep you updated with poll results.Thank you for your time and cooperation.

If you haven’t already viewed the latest interview of Jules by Global Public Media you can now read a transcript.

Tearing Down “Towers”

As we remember the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima, I recall a piece by Jules given many years back to a church and speech club about a story of a father and son and mankind’s obsession with security and speed.  The piece is titled ‘Where Is Safety?’

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  1. Tonks says:

    I haven’t posted before, but this is a site I visit regularly as our suburban yard is slowly being transformed into a working yard like your own.

    We, too, have a renegade…a watermelon that surprised me by popping up in the onion patch that I had just built the previous year. Somehow, this one little seed survived the eating process (my kids tend to eat the seeds), the composting process, and the harsh Kansas winter. She seems perfectly happy to run along the onions, so we just left her there.

    I’ve only ever seen one praying mantis in our area, but the monarch butterflies are beginning to flutter their way down from Canada. I got close enough to one yesterday to actually hear its wings flapping.

    I’ll be back. And hopefully, I won’t be so much of a stranger.

  2. Nancy says:

    Speaking of renegades – mine is a cantaloupe vine in the front garden. I like to scoop the seeds out of a half cantaloupe into that garden and then sit in the wicker chair on the front porch and eat it – and voila! It is blooming, I sure hope it produces! And the preying mantises are in evidence in my garden too, I do love them, the way they swivel their heads to look at you just has so much character.