Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Organically Speaking...

Every morning, we get a flock of large parrots that fly out to wherever they go to find food...
stopping briefly to check out the starfruit trees on our farm...
then, heading on out to forage all day among the trees for fruits and seeds

every evening...
they stop by our farm and eat the seeds of these trees...
before they head on home for the night...
wherever that may be, as I do not know where they come from or go to

I love to see them...
even if they are noisy sometimes and steal some of our starfruit...
if only for a short time

the kitchen garden is doing fine and we get enough to eat from it...
a gift from the Lord

we planted some plum tomatoes for the first time and so far...
they look good enough to eat

the first tomato plants we planted became a meal for some tiny critters...
possibly flea beetles that love to chew tomato leaves
you can see the holes in the leaves below

in this photo below, more evidence of nasties on my plants

and although, we were still getting some good tomatoes, it was a matter of time...
before the plants would be affected to the point of no return and harvest time cut off too soon

I like to keep my tomato plants strong and healthy as long as possible...
and wasn't going to let the nasties steal my plants the next time

when I transplanted my next tomato sets and to get ahead of the pests...
my solution was to put 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle

and once every two weeks, sprayed the plants from the time they were transplanted as seedlings...
till they started to flower, making sure the leaves were sprayed well

I do believe it is working

just a very few leaves got munched on but, wherever they are, the spray bottle comes out...
and those leaves get a toxic-chemical-free mist...
and pests don't become immune to natural, organic control
I like it when a tomato can be picked and eaten right off the plant...
without the concern of toxicity hanging over one's head

now that our carrots have been halfway harvested...
in between the lettuce...
I have plenty room for carrot seeds
by the time the carrot greens start to push their way up and out of the soil...
the lettuce will be harvested

instead of letting the empty spaces go to waste with nothing growing during lettuce time...
I took my little garden fork and crissed-crossed all around the lettuce 

I sprayed water over the bed and then sprinkled the carrot seeds on top of the damp soil
then took a couple of big scoops of top/potting soil and lightly covered the seeds...
simply sprinkling the soil with a scoop

when I went to do this, there was no scoop to be found

so I took an empty plastic vinegar jug and cut out the bottom and 1/2 of the side...
leaving the lid on the jug
it works well enough for me 

once the carrot seeds were covered...
I wet the soil once again...
and hopefully, the Lord will bless my efforts with carrots, if He pleases

I looked up from my garden work and was rewarded with a beautiful view of a red dragonfly
it sat long enough for me to grab the camera and snap

And every creature which is in heaven,
and on the earth, and under the earth,
and such as are in the sea,
and all that are in them,
heard I saying, 
Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power,
be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Revelation 5:13

May your day or night be blessed in God's grace. 


  1. What a delightful post. I would love to grow some veggie, but it would have to be in a screened in area as night time critters, possums and raccoons love to wreak havoc and night.

    Thank you for sharing your lovely bit of paradise on this earth.


    1. Yeah, FlowerLady, I met quite a few back in my days in Florida : ) Did most of my "gardening" in the lanai. Funny, we have opposums and mongoose here and they don't even bother our gardens.

  2. Thanks for the pest solution with the proxide.
    Always so wonderful to have fresh produce straight from teh backyard.
    Blessings! Deanna

    1. Nothing like using what God created for us, Deanna. Blessings to you!

  3. Lovely! So delightful to read.
    This will be our second year growing here on our little organic farm. No parrots in Idaho though!

    1. Thank you, Kimberly, for stopping by and commenting! May the Lord bless your second year of growing on the farm.

  4. Jean,
    Thank you. I just came in from watering my tomatoes and flowers. Love this hint - and your pics, as always, brighten into a smile. The new header is beautiful, too.
    Grace, Peace and Joy,

    1. Thank you, Jojo, good to see your visit and comment!

  5. Looks like a fantastic garden!
    Beautiful pics!

  6. Lovely Pics and the description... your post are so creative jean.

    1. How nice of you to say so, Kaivi!

  7. Jean...Wonderful post. Your farm is a cross between National Geographic and Fine Gardening magazines.
    Lovely photos with great descriptions. I've heard about hydrogen peroxide spray but haven't heard about the results from anyone who has actually used it. Thanks!

    1. Wow. Nice compliment, Rosemary!

  8. I've never heard of hydrogen peroxide spray as a bug deterrent but if it works for you, it should work for me. :o) I love your soil scoop. :o)Your veggie garden looks fabulous!