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The Japanese Have Attacked!

Posted in Gardening with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2011 by drduhgylie
The Japanese Beetle made an appearance in the back yard garden this week. A very unwelcome visit. My okra has been taking a beating and I finally caught them in the act. On Tuesday morning right after daylight I found the beetles feasting on my okra leaves. It took me several days to actually find one and the total count was six before I was finished.

Damaged Leaves And The Culprit

     I have six rows of okra and three rows had some damage to just about every plant.  I had some other friends saying they had them bad also.  One said she had them on her crape myrtle’s.  I went and checked mine and found several on just about every crape I had.  I went straight to the okra and found the one in the pic and five more scattered throughout the patch.  Nothing else in the garden has been showing any damage other than the bloom rot on my squash that was minor.  I found some eggs on the under side of an okra plants leaf at the edge of a row and found my first one a couple of plants down the line.  I crushed the eggs before I thought to take a pic.  I mixed up a spray of soapy water and soaked my plants down and then crushed the ones I found in my hand.  I hope I got all of them.  I sprayed the crapes down good with a stronger mix and a lil’ pesticide.  My wife said she saw some on the yellow bells today.   I suspect these have hit my cukes a bit but not as hard as the okra.

The Okra Patch

I have plenty of beneficial insects and honey bees in the back yard garden and hope they continue to do their thing.  I need them to pollinate and eat other insects as they do.  It seems the beetles over run me and I have got on top of the situation as of now.  The whole garden is looking nice and lush.  The okra is really starting to put some very nice looking blooms out in the early morning.

Okra Bloom

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Watering Schedule

Posted in Gardening with tags , , , , on June 27, 2011 by drduhgylie

Squash is often affected by a Fungal infection called Choanephora Wet Rot.  It is caused by the fungus Choanephora invading the squash flower.  As the flower sets fruit the fungus grows and destroys the fruit.  Since the fungus enters the fruit in the flowering stage there are not sprays or treatments that are practical to prevent the infection.  Flowers open daily and at different times so spraying would be next to impossible to be effective.  I seem to have been affected by this by the daily watering that took place in the recent hot and dry spell we had earlier this month.  I was getting up and in the garden at daylight every morning and watering cause the days I didn’t I had some plants try to wilt on me.  Then the rains came and I had to back off last week and this is still a problem.  I have been told not to water at night because of this very thing so I did it in the morning.  The thing is when it started raining it really started raining.  Almost everyday for a week now.  After some quick research I found out my squash had bloom rot and this is the version that hit me.  I also have had some squash turn green as a result of the plants being sick from this.  However, it is still tasting great and is safe to eat.  I usually fry my squash and really don’t like it any other way.  In time and when the weather gets back to a more normal watering schedule of its own things should be ok.  I have kept the weeds out and feed my plants weekly and they do look great!  I have harvested about 30 nice and tasty squash already and my tomatoes are really looking good.  I also have my okra blooming and cukes too.  So I’m not really going to let this upset me and this will run its course.  Just an update on what is going on in the backyard today.

Wet Rot

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My Charity

Posted in Charities with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by drduhgylie

This new blog asked me or gave me the option to put up a link for donations to a charity.  I picked The Surfrider Foundation.  I had done  some research earlier and came across some videos they had put out about the Gulf oil spill last year.  They were really doing some work as it appeared and were discovering some facts I wasn’t hearing on the MSM.   I searched them on Charity Navigator to get their rating.  I didn’t like it.  However they are actually providing a service with what their mission is.  I don’t live by a beach and am some 300 miles from the Gulf coast.  My state does have some beachfront and I have visited there several times in my life.  So you decide for yourself who you wish or not to give your money to.  I personally haven’t given a dime to one in years.  Always check your recipient of your donations for costs to “give” ratio.  Some will surprise you!  Also I like to see how much the “CFO” is making in a salary.  Surfrider’s top man is bringing in nearly 200k.  That is is salary I do not know of any perks such as housing and transportation he may receive.  You don’t have to give a dime to anybody.  I am just saying why I put their link up on this blog.

I will continue to support Surfrider by word of mouth as who to donate to.  I just don’t have the extra change to do so.  There are a few that rate better at what they do and here is a list of the top performers in Surfrider’s line of work.  The quality of the material in the video I saw was excellent.  I would like to see more of that on a whole in reporting the condition of our enviroment.   That is the main point that I like about this charity is the awareness they bring to our oceans and beaches.   I can remember when I was a kid I could drink water straight out of the ground at certain springs.  I would be real scared to do the same thing now.  My family property has two under-ground natural springs and would not drink from them now and they are far away from any type of factory or industrial areas.  I have never tested the water so I am just being on the safe side.

Charity Name Overall Score Overall Rating
Galveston Bay Foundation – TX 63.74 4 star
Baykeeper – CA 55.57 3 star
Chesapeake Bay Trust – MD 65.83 4 star
Surfrider Foundation – CA 55.34 3 star

 

Clean Ocean Action – NJ 66.99

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Backyard Garden

Posted in Gardening with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2011 by drduhgylie

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