My Piece of Dirt

Zone 8 Gardening

Gnats in the House

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Now is the time to get a big, ole bag of potting soil. Place it in a pot and sit it on the back porch where not one drop of water touches it. Not even misty rain.

Turn the soil a couple of times, until top is bottom and bottom is top. Otherwise ignore it. When the soil is powdery dry and much time has passed, you can be certain than not one single gnat egg is left alive in it, and much of the bacteria will also be dead.

In the Spring, this soil may be used for starting seedlings without fear of bring gnats into the house…….At least, it works for me…..

However, be warned: If you bring one single, infected plant into the house, all this will be for naught. Sometimes, if the winter is especially warm, I will also forgo saving table scraps to start the new year off right. And of course, if you already have infected plants in the house, this will not work for you.


Re-thinking the garden

does not have to be big to produce a lot - just well fed

does not have to be big to produce a lot – just well fed

October can be a deceptive month.  It’s cooler and one doesn’t think about watering the garden as much, but October can be one of the driest months of the year.

CARROTS:  Finally got the carrots seeds planted, and that marks the end of Fall Planting for me.  I was actually struggling to find a place for the carrots and thinking about buying more strawberry plants.  The strawberry plants were looking ragged, and I understand that you are suppose to replace them every couple of years. (Something about that bothers me.)  I do like strawberries and they are on the Dirty Dozen List.  (Something about maintaining a strawberry patch for 12 months and only getting 1 month of harvest bothers me too.)  So I asked myself:  Do I want to spend $40.00 on some strawberry plants, or do I want to clean-up this plot and plug some $2.00 carrot seeds?)  Especially considering the fact that I already have raspberry, blueberry, blackberry and even some wild gooseberry.

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