Site Loader

I’ve got 28 tomato plants: The row on far right is 3 different varieties of heirlooms I started from some old seed I had on hand. Glad they germinated, but I still lost about half in the seedling stage.

I’ve just kind of thrown it together this year when I could find a minute between other projects. But it’s coming along really well! I grew everything in it from seed except for my basil and two bell pepper plants.

As if I needed more tomato plants: I saved some lower limbs I pruned off my garden plants and dropped in my watering can of rain water to root over a week ago. One is even blooming.

What is my method of pest control this year? Mix 1/2 cup water with a cup of vinegar, a teaspoon of red pepper flakes, one crushed garlic clove, and a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and black pepper. Pour that mess on a salad or down the drain, then get you a bag of seven dust for the bugs. 😉

But if you insist on organic gardening, try picking each bug off with tweezers, then humanely drown them a few minutes by submerging them in a comfortable cup of warm water.

Seriously, we really should do all we can to protect our pollinators. We’re screwed, on the food supply without them.

Using These Three Products This Year

They do make natural bug killer sprays, and to be honest I have and do use them. Honestly, I prefer my garden as chemical free as I can. If you only have a couple of plants it’s not as much of a chore. But to really do it organically, you have to really inspect your plants, use more proactive measures and incorporate different methods. It’s not impossible, but it’s not for your run-of-the-mill lazy gardener.

A big thank you to Baton Rouge sculptor, Becky Gottsegen, for her basil gimlet recipe.
No one can make them as good as hers, but here’s her recipe:

Recipe: Basil Gimlet

Ingredients:
1 cup basil lemon syrup (see recipe below)
3/4 cup vodka OR 3/4 cup gin
3/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup ice cubes

Garnish:
fresh basil sprigs
lemon zest strips

Directions:
Stir together all ingredients in a pitcher until cold, then strain into 8 – 10 ounce glasses half filled with ice.

Notes:
We both like it better with gin!

Recipe: ​Basil Lemon Syrup

Ingredients:
4 cups packed fresh basil sprigs (top 4 inches; from a 1/2-pound bunch)
4 cups water
2 cups sugar
9 (4- by 1-inch) strips lemon zest

Directions:
Bring all ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let stand at room temperature, covered, 1 hour, then transfer to an airtight container and chill until cold, about 1 hour. Strain syrup thourough a sieve into a bowl, pressing hard on and then discarding solids.

Kenny Ellis

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts More From Author

Recent Posts

About Sadie's Old House

About

Home Renovation Bloggers

On September 6, 2017, we bought a 134+ year old Colonial Revival Eclectic known locally in Coldwater, Mississippi, as Ms. Sadie’s Place. We aren’t sure of the age of the house yet; there are old photos dating back to 1883, when she was a much smaller but established version of herself. In 1942, she was moved a mile South, along with the rest of the town of Coldwater (including a massive church) to make way for the Arkabutla Reservoir, built by the WPA in response to the Great…

FOLLOW US

Newsletter

Categories

Archives

Positive SSL


Advertisement