August 19, 2016

Fish Pepper Plant of the Month August 2016



I first heard of Fish Peppers from the Termite Professional man who came to inspect our basement. He was a black man who shared my interest in gardening. He told me about Fish Peppers and brought me some seeds. I planted them and fell in love with the plant. The leaves are variegated green and white, and the fruit matures from green to green/white striped then orange/white and finally red - a beautiful show! Fruit is hot but not so hot that I can't eat them and I don't do hot very well. They were originally used to flavor fish dishes -well duh! After several years, I lost the seeds. This year I wanted to sell these plants at my Greenhouse sales so I did a search that led me to Seed Savers Exchange and success! I offered them this year for sale at Mimi's. The plants sold out! I'll have them again next year for sure.

This article from Mother Earth News gives the very interesting history of this beautiful and eatable plant. The History of Fish Peppers

August 12, 2016

This pesticide works and is ecologically safe!

This may be the most important news for gardeners that we have seen this century! At last someone has patented a way to kill insects that is safe and natural! Guess what? Monsanto is trying to keep this quiet! Here is the link to the article. What Monsanto does not want you to know

Paul Stamets is the owner of the patent and it uses mushrooms - go figure! Please pass this along. It needs to go viral! Be sure to watch the video on the link I shared above. 

August 3, 2016

Hacking Democracy - The Hack





This is so out of character for me and certainly not what my blog focus is. BUT...I feel it is so important to know that EITHER side of the political isle can fix an election. This made me so sad. I'm wondering if I will even vote. Yes, I guess I will as long as I'm allowed the right to think I might have a voice.

July 22, 2016

My Rain Chain Works with our French Drains





Several years ago we needed to put french drains around our house to divert the water away from our basement. Son Josh was in the drain business at the time so he did the work - excellent job I might say! :-)

I really didn't like the way the drain connected to the gutter by the front porch - an ugly black pipe that came up out of the ground.  I had a rain chain there before and we could not figure out a way to get the chain to go into the drain. The drain was not directly under the place where the gutter came off the roof so the water went outside the drain onto the ground.

I was discussing this with my brother and he suggested a pot with a hole over the drain (sort of like a funnel). Sometimes baby brothers can come up with good ideas! I bought the one you see in the video. It is one of those hard foam pots that look like stone. I had no problem cutting a hole in the bottom big enough to fit the drain pipe. I filled around the pipe with stones and topped it off with two little frogs that watch the water fall. Works like a charm as you can see in the video above.