Food 2019 Amateur Farm and Garden thread

wetwille

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I found a whole nest of wild mantises on the other side of my property this year! The biggest one was as long as my hand. Me and the kids moved most of them over to the garden.
They are so f'n cool. Look in that area in 6-8 weeks and maybe you'll find some of the egg cases hanging onto branches/weeds, then you can move those into your garden area.
 

Domon

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fuckin monsters of the insect world though, them and dragonflies.

Would be way scarier than wasps if they were big.

Spiders probably still beat em though in terms of "things not to fuck with if human sized"
 

wetwille

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fuckin monsters of the insect world though, them and dragonflies.

Would be way scarier than wasps if they were big.

Spiders probably still beat em though in terms of "things not to fuck with if human sized"
Agreed on the spiders would be the worse.
We have lots of the jumping spiders here - these little fuckers(1-2 cm leg spread, at best) bite. Fortunately, it's not a major problem - non poisonous, bump like a mosquito at worse. Still, fucking spiders.

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I've come to a strange realization about what grows well in my locale. Its all the tropical stuff.

Peppers, tropical vines, etc. The cooler temp stuff always has problems of one type or another
 

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Love love love those things!


ANTS -
Choppers like some medieval torture killing machine. Can lift 20-40x their weight or more.
I bet some mad scientist somewhere is working on militarizing giant ants.
YEAH!! Ants ARE pretty fucking formidable, even the little ones if enough. Yeah, wife and I were moving some 4X6 wolmanized a fe days ago and at a point she was like "fuck it, I can't take those fucking ants biting me!" Her legs WERE getting kinda fucked up. Stinky, smelly man - no bites. Clean haus-frau - death by ants. I swear they were going for the v-jay.

Those ground cherries - threw down a 4X5' of thick cardboard, drilled holes through on about an 8" grid and planted 36 of those. It forced them to grow more upright but I think overall production will beat a more luxurious spacing like last years crop. Wife swore she didn't like them the first year, now I have to bitch at her to save some for the friggin gardener. :mad: