7 Things Saturday 7-14-18

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.


Thing 1

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.



Thing 2

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.



Thing 3

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.



Thing 4

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.

Strategies for Sustainable Self-Sufficiency




Thing 5

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!




Thing 6

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.



Thing 7

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.





Homesteader, Blogger and Podcaster at Small Town Homestead
I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.
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I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.