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FLies around seedling station - help!
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I have flies (not fungus gnats, but house flies) buzzing around my seed starting station. Never had that before. Anyone ever encounter this? The station is in my basement. This year, I added some…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Nuttle Sep 7, 2013.

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David Nuttle replied to Jenni's discussion 'FLies around seedling station - help!'
"Jenni, it could be the worm castings that are attracting the flies.  I assume you have already obtained some good fly traps from a farm coop or feed supply store.  Some of these traps come with an attractant that will draw the flies away…"
Sep 7, 2013
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FLies around seedling station - help!

I have flies (not fungus gnats, but house flies) buzzing around my seed starting station. Never had that before. Anyone ever encounter this? The station is in my basement. This year, I added some worm castings as I changed seedlings to larger pots. Can that be the culprit?See More
Apr 1, 2012
Jenni commented on Cornelia's group 'Radical Homemakers'
"Shannon, Thank you so much for your thoughtful and incredibly helpful answer. My husband is vegan, so bone broth is not an option ;), but it's so good to hear that diet could potentially help him control insulin intake. I will be borrowing Dr.…"
Jan 23, 2012
Jenni commented on Cornelia's group 'Radical Homemakers'
"I finally read the book, and found it incredibely inspiring. I hate my 40-60 hour work week and feel exhausted when I get home. I often wish I had the guts to quit my job. However, my husband is type-1 diabetic and we rely on my health insurance. We…"
Jan 22, 2012
Ginny Hopper replied to Jenni's discussion 'Fungus gnats' in the group Urban Gardeners
"Erica, another thing I noticed is that they also will reproduce in the water left in the plant water tray. During hot dry seasons we tend to water more often and this creates a longer standing pool for them.  Fill the tray and suck out the…"
Aug 4, 2011
Erica Strauss replied to Jenni's discussion 'Fungus gnats' in the group Urban Gardeners
"I'd start by covering the seedling's soil with dry sand or vermiculite."
Aug 3, 2011
Ginny Hopper replied to Jenni's discussion 'Fungus gnats' in the group Urban Gardeners
"I set out small bowls of Apple Cider Vinegar and refill when they dry out. Works great!"
Jul 30, 2011
Kali replied to Jenni's discussion 'Fungus gnats' in the group Urban Gardeners
"Perfect timing... One of my trusty houseplants (and by trusty I mean permentantly affected to some degree with scales) just yesterday errupted into a fungus gnat pit.  I have NO idea where they sprung from.  I've had this plant for a…"
Mar 4, 2011
Margaret Beers Oliver replied to Jenni's discussion 'Fungus gnats' in the group Urban Gardeners
"try spraying you soil with a mixture of some water with some dish soap thrown in. I have used that with success before. Someone else I know uses DE dusted on the surface of the soil.  "
Feb 3, 2011
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Feb 3, 2011
Larry Snyder commented on Jenni's blog post 'Starting rosemary seeds and cheap grow-light set-up'
"Don't know your area but I have Rosmary growing in my yard. It gets down to 10 degrees here with no sign of damage to my rosemary. I actually pruned it back 1st of january and have new growth."
Feb 2, 2011
Brian Gandy replied to Jenni's discussion 'Fungus gnats' in the group Urban Gardeners
"Get some sticky traps.  Fungus gnats like the yellow ones.  This will not get them all but will greatly reduce the numbers.  A pyrethrin based spray is also effective on the flying adults.  Some products containing Bt (bacillus…"
Feb 1, 2011
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Fungus gnats

I noticed a few fungus gnats flying around the seedlings I'm starting indoors. Anyone have effective natural methods of getting rid of them?
Jan 31, 2011
Jenni commented on Jenni's blog post 'Starting rosemary seeds and cheap grow-light set-up'
"Indoors, I'm also starting a bunch more herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.  I'm also direct sowing a lot of veggies after the last frost date.   Good luck with your plants!"
Jan 31, 2011
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Starting rosemary seeds and cheap grow-light set-up

Cross-post from my blog, domestic efforts: This is my first year growing seeds indoors. I was tempted to begin this new venture with an elaborate set-up but decided to starts slowly and cheaply. That way, if my plants fail, I won't be quite so upset. I purchased a shop light and 2 fluorescent light tubes (1 warm and 1 cool). I also bought adjustable shelving, leaving the top of the unit shelf-less so the shop light could be perched…See More
Jan 29, 2011
Brian Gandy replied to Jenni's discussion 'seed starting mix' in the group Urban Gardeners
"You can use Coco coir to start seeds.  I would use a 20-30 percent mix of perlite with it to prevent moisture issues.  Use a light strength multi purpose fertilizer (1/4 strength) to condition the coir and perlite mix.  Neptunes fish…"
Jan 29, 2011

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Starting rosemary seeds and cheap grow-light set-up

Cross-post from my blog, domestic efforts:

 

This is my first year growing seeds indoors. I was tempted to begin this new venture with an elaborate set-up but decided to starts slowly and cheaply. That way, if my plants fail, I won't be quite so upset.



I purchased a shop light and 2 fluorescent light tubes (1 warm and 1 cool). I also bought adjustable shelving, leaving the top of the unit shelf-less so the shop…

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Posted on January 29, 2011 at 6:19pm — 3 Comments

Vegetable stock that's deep and rich

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Since my last post about veggie stock, I've perfected my technique quite a bit. Although I never make it quite the same way twice, I do follow a few consistent…

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Posted on January 20, 2011 at 10:08am — 3 Comments

Butternut Squash Gnocchi

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I've never made gnocchi, but when I saw a link to a Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter recipe on What Julia…

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Posted on December 13, 2010 at 11:36am — 2 Comments

Creamy leek and potato soup

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This year, I decided to take full advantage of the rich urban agriculture of Philadelphia and signed up for the winter CSA run by Greensgrow Farm. Not so long ago, I began focusing increasingly on local, seasonal food, and CSAs are a great tool that force you to think about how and what you cook. Traditionally, I would start with a recipe and then run to the… Continue

Posted on December 4, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

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At 4:57pm on August 18, 2010, Cornelia said…
Hi Jenni - welcome!
Your blog is simply awesome and I encourage you to cross post something to the member blog. It's what folks do here to get to know each other. Let me know if you have any questions!
 
 
 

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