Can you help identify this bug? It's not in my 'Handbook of Natural Insects and Disease Control'.
It looks like a ladybug, but I don't see any listed here with the same markings. I also don't see a split down the back that would allow for wings - and they aren't… Continue
Last night, while we were transferring our Gojo Wheat brew, we had a tasting of our past 5 homebrews. From left to right: Lemongrass Wheat, Summertime Kolsch, People's Pilsner, Pale Ale, and Belgian White.
It was interesting to try them all together and it really helped shape what we liked (and disliked) about each. I think we are going to… Continue
Spring is around the corner and now is a great time to start your indoor seeds. Average last frost in Austin (Zone 8) is Feb 28-Mar 31, which makes yesterday the 6 weeks before the last frost date - perfect time for most the vegetables I'm growing.
I'm trying out a new seed starter kit this year. Although I usually enjoy mixing my own starter soil, using the the pellet tray was a great way to… Continue
Added by michael on January 19, 2010 at 10:39am —
I'm not a smoker - but that's not going to stop me from learning how to grow, cultivate, and enjoy some good nicotiana tabaccum. Last spring, bought a pack of Scherazi Tobacco seeds - an Iranian variety - and was able to get 1 plant to… Continue
I've got a pretty serious addiction to gojis. It started about 5 years back and shows no sign of waning. Frustrated that this berry is far from local (China is a long boat ride) I thought I'd try my own.
I bought some plants from http://www.timpanogosnursery.com about a year and a half ago. The Gojis are royalty in the backyard. First to get attention, prime real estate, etc. They had a rough summer last year, 3 months of 100+ and little rain. This summer hasn't been… Continue
Added by michael on August 16, 2009 at 10:52pm —
One of my favorite ways to grow fall tomatoes is by tip rooting my summer tomato plants.
To tip root, you bend, or tip, a branch from existing tomato plants and bury it in the ground. Give it a little extra water to help out, and in a week or so the buried branch should start rooting. Once it appears that the new plant is growing on its own, you can cut it, detaching it from the old plant.
The same concept works great for suckers on your tomato plants as well. To start a… Continue
Che, my 3 year old, and I picked our first 2 blackberries yesterday. It's been fun teaching Che to be patient with the berries. As soon as they started turning red, he's been wanting to pick them. When he saw they were darker, he was very excited that picking day had arrived.
Since we only had 2, we tried to savor them, but after one small bite, he popped the whole thing in his mouth. A little tart, but delicious!…