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.
My deep exploration into possible organic solutions for Japanese Beetles. This has been a year like no other, the destructive insects have been wreaking havoc on my garden and this year we have had a visit from Japanese Beetles of which we’ve never had an issue with before. They been aggressively attacking my grape leaves, raspberries, pole beans and roses and I’ve been trying a few different remedies to try and fix the problem.
First I tried soapy water with peppermint oil and while it works for many insects it doesn’t seem to have any effect whatsoever on these beetles. Next on the suggestion of many I purchased a couple of the Spectracide Bag-A-Bug Japanese Beetle Traps, these things caught hundreds of beetles but the problem is they do a great job of attracting beetles to your property and for an Urban Homestead they are not a good option because you cannot get the traps far enough away from your garden so I think they may have made things worse for me, I do believe these traps would work for larger homesteads though.
I then moved on to try a special mixture of onion, garlic, and jalapeno pepper steeps in water for a couple days and then applying the filtered water to the plants. This does seem to have had some effect and reduced the number of beetles i’m seeing but not a total fix.
While I am still experimenting I have been told about a couple other things that I have yet to try like regular applications of neem oil and something called Milky Spore Powder that one homesteader swears by. Rest assured I will keep experimenting until I find something that works, until then out be out in my garden dropping beetles into soapy water and trying to keep it under control.
If you would like to get started with aquaponics but are a little nervous about building a Bell Siphon that works every time check out the Aquaponics Bell Siphon Kit For IBC Growbed from Smoky Mountain Aquaponics. I purchased this kit for my recent aquaponics system build and it was easy to install and worked flawlessly.
Do you raise quail, love the taste of quail eggs but find them difficult to work with because of their size? What you need is a quail egg cutter! This little cutter changed my life when it came to cooking with quail eggs making things much quicker and easier, do yourself a favor and get yourself this inexpensive kitchen utensil.
Our homestead got a brief mention in a presentation given at the 6th annual Canadian Survival Expo on the topic of “Strategies for Sustainable Self-Sufficiency”. Tons of good information here so take some time and give it a listen.
Do you grow Daylily on your homestead? Did you know they are edible? Not only are they edible, they are absolutely delicious! Here is a link to the recipe we tried last week for Daylily Fritters but prepare yourself, you are about to have your taste buds blown away!
A homesteading family YouTube channel I really enjoy is Living Traditions Homestead. I’ve been watching for a while and they are real consistent at putting out high quality, educational and entertaining videos that will inspire and motivate. Check ’em out, I think you’ll enjoy their channel.
A great article I came across worth reading is from a blog called Farming My Backyard the article is titled “Here’s How To Live Sustainably When You Have a Small Lot (Urban Permaculture Zone 4)” I won’t steal the thunder away from the author by telling you everything it says but this is an extremely valuable article for those with small urban and suburban homesteads and I agree with what the author has to say. Check it out.
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