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Nickel
  • From:USA

Date Posted:08-09-2016 03:22:07

Grubby Knuckles is the name of a local garden club I had fun with for a couple of years.  They were social fund raisers for good causes but oddly, not one of them had a garden that the Symphony could use for their Musical Gardens tour.  They are state recognized and if they hadn't had so many feuds going on between members spill over into their meetings, I might have stayed with them......no, not likely, I just wasn't getting enough information, and I was on overload with social.  Their name helps me remember the best of times with them, at least the with older, skilled members.
Back when we lived in an apartment and I was attending my first years of college. I read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson....influenced everything I did in the garden when we finally moved into a house of our own:  no chemical fertilizers, insecticides, or herbicides.  The consequences were not always pretty until I discovered companion gardening which made growing lush a breeze once I also gave plants locations they needed instead of where I thought they would look good.  It was the same with my house plants, my rule now is, if it flowers there, don't move it.

I google a plant and find out its friends and enemies before wasting my time and energy putting it where it will suffer and decline or cause others misery.



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  • From:USA

Re:Grubby Knuckles & Companion Gardening

Date Posted:10-10-2016 03:43:24

For some reason they now call me the orchid queen at work because I know what orchids like and give it to them, to have them re-bloom over and over again.  They are simple tricks that my sister taught me.  1. make up a mixture of used coffee grounds and crushed egg shells and tuck them into the roots as best you can.  2.  put your orchid plant in a east facing window and water just once every two weeks or so, just a little, they do not like to sit in water.  They will send out a shoot with blooms on it and when this happens, you can place them anywhere in your house until they stop blooming.  Then follow step 1 and 2 again.  Eventually, if your orchid gets too many air roots, then you need to repot, placing the new air roots in the soil/wood chips and cutting off the old rotten ones.   My sister had an orchid that was over 25 years old and was absolutely beautiful, until an unexpected cold snap killed it.    
There is a great deal to be outraged right now: Russian interference, ICE raids in hospital rooms, Eroding LGBTQ rights, Vanishing environmental protections, Puerto Rico still in shambles, Flint still without clean water, unparalleled gun homicides, a compromised Evangelical Church, raising hate crimes, the sabotaging on the Affordable Care Act. - John Pavlovitz [B]Their blood is on YOUR hands.[/B]
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  • From:USA

Re:Grubby Knuckles & Companion Gardening

Date Posted:10-10-2016 03:54:43

I love gardening and would appreciate any natural (no pesticides or chemicals) tips people have for both vegetable and flower gardens.  There are certain ones we use because they are very effective without using harmful man made chemicals.

Bacillus thuringiensis (or Bt) is a Gram-positive, soil-dwelling bacterium, commonly used as a biological pesticideB. thuringiensis also occurs naturally in the gut of caterpillars of various types of moths and butterflies, as well on leaf surfaces, aquatic environments, animal feces, insect-rich environments, and flour mills and grain-storage facilities.

We use the above BT on our cabbage, broccoli and kale plants very effectively.  If you grow any of those type of plants and the cabbage moths are a problem, this dust will eliminate any worms.


There is a great deal to be outraged right now: Russian interference, ICE raids in hospital rooms, Eroding LGBTQ rights, Vanishing environmental protections, Puerto Rico still in shambles, Flint still without clean water, unparalleled gun homicides, a compromised Evangelical Church, raising hate crimes, the sabotaging on the Affordable Care Act. - John Pavlovitz [B]Their blood is on YOUR hands.[/B]
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  • From:USA

Re:Grubby Knuckles & Companion Gardening

Date Posted:11-10-2016 06:25:43

 Going to try the orchid tips.....thanks!   I have had one bloom again on the kitchen bar where briefly it got both east and west sun .....we ate where orchids bloom, and it was delightful!  

I have two left of  six gifts......really hoping your way works.
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  • From:USA

Re:Grubby Knuckles & Companion Gardening

Date Posted:03-11-2016 09:54:13

 New shoots on my orchids.....quite promising...
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