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Episode 89 Listener Questions and Feedback

Today I take another excellent round of listener questions and feedback.  Tune in as I discuss…

*Is epsom salt a good garden additive?

*What’s wrong with my plants?  I’m not great at plant diseases but I will try to help.

*What parts of a passionflower are edible?

*How do I get started with black soldier flies?  I did a show where I briefly talked about this.  I also provided a great link to a page showing you exactly how to make one:   http://huntgathergroweat.com/episode-22-growing-your-own-livestock-feed

*A listener’s success story with starting grape cuttings way out of season.  An example of why you have to try things for yourself.

*Do I have trouble with pests in worm bins?  How big should the holes be?

*Does pruning help pawpaw trees?  Maybe.

*What plants grow well in the shade? http://organicgardening.about.com/od/vegetablesherbs/a/shadeveggies.htm

*A listener’s experience with what attracts ladybugs.

*A big thank you to Jim for letting me know the Pathfinder Gathering in Southern Ohio will be FREE for the opening weekend.

*A listener’s experience with Garden Materials on the cheap.  Something I completely forgot to mention.

*What type of totes for worm bins?  How do I set them up?

*Do I recommend anyone buy a BOL (bug out location)?  This question is really out of my jurisdiction but I’ll answer it best I can!

2 comments to Episode 89 Listener Questions and Feedback

  • Emily

    JD’s cucumbers may have had downy or powdery mildew. My cuke seedlings always get that after the first rain…and second, and third, until they’ve grown big and strong enough to resist disease.

    I’ve heard that you’re supposed to pull out such diseased plants, but I simply soak the foliage with either compost tea or plant wash every few days for a couple of weeks, and they always recover. Yes, I lose the first blossoms and down the line the affected leaves turn brown and curled up and are all ugly, but by that time the plant has grown much bigger and you hardly notice the dead parts.

    Plus the plants produce for me as though nothing had ever happened. It’s really a matter of catching it right away; I’ve learned to spray cuke and tomato seedlings with one of the tonics after a rain until they are obviously big and strong enough to resist disease on their own.

  • Jason

    Great tips!  I’m no plant doctor so I need all the help I can get.