A Saturday mix of things I want to share or found interesting through the week. This could be anything from anywhere, you never know what you’ll see.
While pulling weeds this morning and checking on my garden I discovered an abundance of Squash Bug eggs and a bunch that were in the process of hatching so I grabbed a quick video of the little destroyers setting out on there life ambition to cause me trouble.
I loaded the video up on social media and a bunch of folks asked me what I would do to treat that as an organic gardener.
I start by wrapping tape around my fingers backwards and grabbing eggs and small bugs of the bottoms of the leaves.
Then I filled a spray bottle up with soapy water and a few drops of peppermint oil and sprayed underneath the leaves.
Tomorrow I might apply neem oil to the leaves and some diatomaceous earth for some added protection. Mainly at this point it will just require some diligent daily inspections and repetition to insure a long and great harvest.
I found another YouTube Channel I really like. It’s called Roots and Refuge Farm and they are a big family on a small farm in Central Arkansas. Check em out!
I discovered another great way to eat Zucchini. Baked Garlic Parmesan Zucchini, it is super simple to make and tastes great.
Just slice the zucchini about 1/4 inch thick. Spread them out on a pan (I covered the pan with parchment paper). Sprinkle the slices with pepper, garlic salt and freshly shredded Parmesan. Then bake in the oven at 425 for 15 to 20 minutes.
This is a great article from the across the pond that I just happened to be mentioned in. The author made many great points. Worth a read if you have a few minutes.
A podcast you should be listening to if you’re not already is A Farmish Kind of Life by Amy Dingman. I was recently mentioned in one of her podcast episodes but that’s not why i’m saying you should listen to it, listen to it because it’s great. Tons of helpful information, inspirational, great sound quality and even kind of funny at times as Amy’s personality pours into the show. Give it a listen and tell me if you agree, better yet tell her how much you love it because I know you will.
This one may not be of use to too many of you out there but if you are doing videos around your homestead with your phone like I do, I want to tell you about a couple items I picked up this week that I’m already falling in love with.
First is the BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick Tripod with Wireless Remote. This thing is pretty cool, I’ve been playing with it a couple days now and I love the control it gives you with phone and even has a built in tripod.
The other item is the Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone. As a podcaster I’m kind of picky about sound quality and I will tell you this mic is as good as the mic I podcast with and it plugs right into your phone.
The last thing I will tell you about today is another YouTube channel. This one is for all the folks interested in building and working with aquaponics. As many of you know I just recently started working on building an aquaponics system and I have found this YouTube channel really helpful.
It is Rob Bob’s Aquaponics & Backyard Farm, check him out if you have any interest in Aquaponic systems, Chicken Feeders, Worm Farms, Seed Saving, How to Grow Plants, Air Pruning Root Pouches & Self Watering Wicking Gardens.