May Lotito

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Hans Quistorff wrote:Adding to my previous reply: Because my worst problem is the peach leaf curl and it is best controlled by keeping the tree dry I have my trees in a high tunnel made from abandoned portable garages. some of them come with screened side walls so that reduces the curculio flies and they prefer the non fuzzy plums anyway so the peaches have little problem.   I should have removed the cover during snow season so now I have to rebuild the covering.

My tree had leaf curl too but only in mid spring when weather was wet. Only some leaves in the center were affected. I can imagine it's hard to deal with if the disease spreads to more leaves.
1 hour ago
I picked a fully ripe fruit from my seed grown peach tree today!. It is quite large at 2.75 inches in diameter or 9 inches circumference. It seems to be true to type looking just like the ones I bought from Walmart but with better flavor.
It's totally rewarding growing a peach tree from seed.

2 hours ago
I noticed with better soil quality this year my vegetables have no powdery mildew and fewer aphids. I never tried to improve soil around the peach tree. I am wondering if healthy soil will make the tree more PC resistant.
2 hours ago
Being a skeptical person I took the test repeatedly even there were enough redundancy in the questions. I did the test three times and got three different results. All introvert of course. The divergence came from how I do things. When taking the survey, whether I thought about my hobby, past job or current job made a big difference. If I thought more about gardening and permie stuffs then I got INFJ.
1 day ago
I give this book 10 out of 10 acorns.

This is a paradigm-shifting book getting to the fundamental of the soil being a living biosystems. As illustrated in the front cover, there is underground herd of soil organisms equivalent to two cows in weight per acre that should not be neglected. When efforts are made to provide habitats for the soil organisms through interaction with the above ground habitats, soil health will be restored and healthy plants will follow accordingly.

It is a small book but by no means a quick read. Written with loads of information in a succinct, accurate and logical way, it is actually very easy to understand. I slowed down because this book is thought-provoking and from time to time, I pondered about what practice I did was working or what improvement I could make to build healthy soil.

In general, the four key steps to restoring soil health are repeated in the book:

 Less soil disturbance
 More plant diversity
 Living roots as much as possible
 Keep the soil covered at all times

Besides these take home messages, I also found these topics enlightening:

   Carbon:Nitrogen ratio and how it's important in restoring soil organic matters
   The types and sequence of food source for soil microbes
   Proper way to shift from conventional farming to no till

I first heard of this book from various threads here at and had applied the four principles in my gardening. Reading the whole book cover to cover gave me a clearer view of the big picture rather than tidbits. And every time I reread the book, I have a deeper understanding after having more first-hand experiences. It is amazing to see how robust and productive a plant can be when the soil is restored to release its potential.

Thank you Jon for writing such an important book and his wife Eve for the cover art that conveys the message so creatively.

2 days ago
I just want to clarify that I don't intentional avoid giving apples. It's just the design kind of makes me neglect it especially when I only had one vote per day. The thumb -down button otherwise rarely gets used.

General info about growing zones or terrain will be helpful for people asking about something location specific. One Gardening Fundamental article mentioned this about someone asking why his tomato was not setting fruits. People offered all kinds of possibilities and after many posts, some one asked about the location. turned out he lived in Florida so high heat was the cause. But for people answering the questions, a person can just be knowledgeable on regardless of his/her current location or condition.

Carla Burke wrote:It's a pretty tiny button, and kind of difficult not to 'fat-finger', at normal size. So, I get around that by blowing up my screen. It's a little fiddly, but it works.

I used my phone mostly and with the tiny screen, my thumb covers at least three buttons when I try to tap right in the middle blindly. Zooming in the screen helps a lot.
Under desktop view the button for apple is so small. It's smaller than the "like" or "unlike" ones and hard to find among other small buttons. Under mobile view they are the same size.

May Lotito wrote:I got this remnant of home dec fabric for $1 and decided to make a pouf out of it. After some calculation, I was able to maximize the pouf size to 20" by 18". I inserted an invisible zipper at the bottom and reused bean bag pellets for filling. Aslo put a 2" foam at the bottom to keep it flat.

Extreme scrap busting! I made a makeup pouch out of the remaining material. Unlined, curvy top stays open when unzipped. All seams bound with silk taffeta bias strips to echo the fabric.

This website has free bag patterns and tutorials if you feel like making some bags.bag and pouch patterns
6 days ago
I harvested something for asian dishes. The tomatoes are in peak production too.
6 days ago