Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What's Bugging You? Question preview

With the gardening season in high gear we thought it would be good to to revisit garden bugs. The good, the bad and the ugly. Tonight #SeedChat will discuss garden bugs. Join us at 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern, and 6pm Pacific.

Here is a preview of the questions asked by participants that we will answer tonight.

Easiest butterflies to attract to the garden?

Is there anything you can do about mosquitos in the garden? Maybe some plants that can grow in arid climates that will repel them while you're gardening?  I don't like using mosquito repellant spray...I always get some in my mouth by accident.  Blech!  I realize that these aren't plant pests, but they do invade the garden!

Do pill bugs really eat plants or do they feed on rotting plant material?

Is it really possible to have no bug 'problems' in your edible garden? I heard Rosalind Creasy at a talk last month and she said she never sprayed and never had any pest issues in her garden. Don't I wish!

Are there certain types of ants I should try to eradicate from the garden? I've heard some types can cause a lot of damage and 'take over' whole planting beds.

How can I get rid of earwigs without using chemicals?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Growing Orchids, #SeedChat Transcript updates

Sorry for the lack of updates recently, we had an issue with the blog. First, we've added a few new transcripts to the transcripts page which you can download or view.

This Wednesday, @OrchidDynasty will guest host #SeedChat to talk about growing orchids from seeds.  If you have a question for @OrchidDynasty about growing orchids, propagating orchids or growing orchids from seeds. you can leave the question in these comments or in the questions page. Join us on Wednesday, June 15th at 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern to talk about orchids!

Update: Here is a preview of the questions for @OrchidDynasty

What is the best type of orchid for a beginner to grow from seed?
What equipment do I need to start orchids from seed?
I've heard about "flasking" orchids. What is that?
What orchids are really difficult to germinate?
Do I need more than one type of orchid for pollinating or can you pollinate the same plant?
What's the advantage of growing orchids from seed?
Where do I get seeds for orchids?
Do I need a greenhouse to grow orchids from seed?