Okay, this may seem a little gross, but, BUT it worked for me. Medical disclaimer...I did this for me, just ask your doctor about it.
Yeast infection.... not nice. I read about fecal implants many years ago and was suffering from a yeast infection at the time. Thought, hmm what about douching with warm water and a couple of lactobacillus capsules dissolved in water? I was also reading about women who used yogurt, but thought EWWWE!
The pH in the vagina is out of whack. This is why yeast can grow. Ick. Yeah, not a fav time in my life.
Thank-you for sharing this. I recently bought a used copy of "I Contain Multitudes" by Ed Yong. I do have a health practitioner background, but not in microbiology and wish I had this 'beginner' book far sooner. It is fascinating! I also purchased 'Virus' An illustrated guide to 101 incredible microbes by Marilyn J.Roossinck and by Paul Stamets' "Mycelium Running", which is influencing me in creating better garden soil therefore happy microbes and nutrients for happy digestion.
I have IgG immunodeficiency disorder. Thanks Mom and Dad for sharing some wonky genetics! Currently I use human replacement IgG, so thank-you so much BLOOD Donors, you help save my life! So yes, I am in awe of people who research, finding information bit by bit that helps make our lives better.
May you and wife have many more blessings in this life.
And yes, wash your hands and cover your mouth with your elbow when your cough, even when you don't have a cold. Us Immunity people ( with immunity disorder and cancer) need all the help we can get!
I am looking for other amateur apple tree growers to share scion wood with. Yes, I know its fall. But I thought I would set up an apple growing group for Zone 4, in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada. Or perhaps there is one already I don't know about? I have Jonagold, Royal Gala and Northern Spy.
I moved from the 'city ' of Oshawa 24 years ago an hour north to the country. I worked for a horticulturist in the municipality of Clarington for a few years and picked his brain clean of gardening secrets. I am now living on the edge of the Canadian Shield. Check out the geographical locations on the net. Some interesting facts about the Oak Ridges Moraine which is amazing and runs right through Toronto. Loving your ideas of trying growing trees from seeds. Yes, its a crap shoot, as who knows were these bees have been to pollinate the ambrosia apples. I have a northern spy, royal gala and a jonagold. The apples are delicious!
Good luck! If you need tips from a former 'citiot', send me a message. Cheers!
Morning all. My observations of tomato hornworms are that they indeed love tomatoes. And flowering tobacco! (Nicotiana Alata) . No hormworms in my central Ontario garden this year. Picking bugs, esp hornworms and potato beetles are ICKY!
I planted a lot of zinnias this year and because we are getting an extended warm season, they are many many monarchs and other furry moths floating onto the zinnias to feed. Also saw a hummingbird moth this year! Thank-you to those that plant host plants for our insect populations!
Orchard Sox worked really well....its just nylons with the end sewn. Tie a knot at the top around the stem to keep out the earwigs too.
Sandwich bag worked okay...earwigs and spiders got in the cut corners.
Party favour bags...again worked really well. No scab, no maggots, occasional wiley earwig.
Its almost time to put them on! I foliar spray my leaves with BT and horticultural oil. and fish kelp fertilizer and thats about it.
I have started too many hot pepper plants. Thinking about uses to repel the dreaded voles above ground once that pepper crop is grown. Hot pepper paint mixed with pine sap/resin?
Sadly voles like potatoes too. And composters for over wintering. Made a wire cage composter last year. And growing my sweet and regular taters in pots and grow bags. Grow bags can be made of the cloth shopping bags btw. Every year I am adding a couple hardware cloth lined raised bed for my root crops. Time consuming work.
Do the bears bother you? Bigger critters, stinkier rings?
This product seems like a good idea. Strawberries without weeds. oooooh. But back to using up old clothes. ...Yes I was thinking only natural products . I am now wondering about leaching of chemical dyes. Thanks for the hemp and wool idea. Yes, I know. Weeds will grow where ever soil begins. And mulch does break down after a year or so. I was thinking the lasagna method for the pathways. and this stuff around trees and shrubs.
Who has used old rags, bed sheets and other cloth as alternatives to landscape fabric? I would like to try up cycling my old clothes as landscape fabric under mulched walks ways. Has anyone else has tried it and knows of the pros and cons?
I have used with success old newspapers and cardboard. But on hilly paths, it slips a bit until it gets super soaked.
Fencing and then a lovely high berm or hugleberm beside it planted with flowering shrubs such as lilac, serviceberry, rosa rugosa and even dwarf apples with provide you with a privacy screen and block sound coming from your neighbour's side. I personally have 200' of 15 foot white cedar hedges to the north and east side and a the multiple shrub bed of varying heights of 10' or more. I planted with having a wind and privacy hedge. The shrubs are all chosen for food for birds and colour in the fall as well. Enjoy your planning and implementing. And remember, if you don't like it, you can change it!
Existing trees can be a pain. Especially large trees that suck up the nutrients and water from your nearby veg and fruit gardens. Not to mention they can mess with your septic bed, if you have one. Brighton has tons of deciduous trees for collecting leaves for compost.
I put in a cedar hedge around my property for privacy and a wind break. You can let them get as tall as you want or keep them at 6 feet. They are shallow rooted so not as invasive as large trees. I also planted shrubs for 60 feet around my front. I was going for fall colour and food. Lilacs, burning bush, service berry, saskatoons, rugosa roses, and several kinds of spreading junipers also create bird habitat and privacy. I also planted fruit trees, apples and cherries. Your lot is very similiar to mine when I started 20 years ago. Brighton is a big apple location. Sorry for the pun.
I know that this area is like a mini micro climate much like Pelee Island. I am north of you by about an hour. I am jealous! lol If you like bigger apples, go for the standard size to create shade. But there are also cool techniques for training fruit trees, eg cordons, espaliers to really pack in the food production.
Hardy Fruit Tree Nursery in Que sells a large interesting selection of zone 3 trees and shrubs. I have been checking out their hazelberts and shrub cherries to stuff onto my shrub border. Who says you have to have a cookie cutter yard, right? Though, I would check by-laws on cutting down trees in your area. You may have to do some 'staged' pruning.
I tried kolrabi last year. I liked it. So I grew some in my garden this year.
I have A LOT of kolrabi. How do you like to eat it? Freeze well? Anyone try root cellar-ing it? Anyone make a cassarole out of the stuff for frozen dinners?
I think either its frass from the caterpillars or its still chaff. Either way I threw it in the freezer in a jar. And it will get lots of washing. Haven't cooked any yet. Been too busy canning and eating fresh corn!
Growing it was easy. I planted in seed trays then transplanted late May. I nibbled on the greenery once and awhile for a salad. Slightly spicey but nice. It does look a lot like lamb's quarters, which is also an edible green.
Im going to grow it again next year in pots, so when its near harvest, I will skoot it under my west facing front porch to keep the foliage and seed heads dryer. I use a dolly to haul big pots about. Give it a go, if you love quiona. Nothing to lose but time.
I picked up some West Coast Seed quiona in Feb and grew about 8 plants in the desired space. Plants did well. Grew about 4 feet tall. Picked Sept 6, 2015.
The animals left it alone, but a teeny tiny caterpillar loves it. Looks like cabbage moth, but smaller. I did not spray it with any pesticides (BTK is my usual) and figured that quiona is high in protein because it has 'extras'.
I picked it, dried it, threshed it and winnowed it. But it does not look 'clean' with off colours like grey. So I washed some of it in a sieve and have spread it out on a sheet in my dehydrator. Im going to risk it sprouting over icky quiona. It certainly looks better than the unwashed.
I have attached before washing and after. After dicking about with this for 4 hours. Is it really worth it to I grow a larger quantity. Does anyone in Onterrible have some suggestions why it was grey? I have read that there are saponins on quiona. Does dirt stick to this and how can you get that nice clean golden colour?
Have been looking at people using flour, cornstarch and elmers' glue to use on home made seed tape. Do you think making a glue of diatomaceous earth to stick those tiny seeds to the toilet paper strips would be of benefit?