We built a copper arbor for the entrance to Ann’s garden last weekend. I constructed it out of half-inch copper pipe with Tee and 45 degree angle joints from the local Home Depot.
Here’s a photo of the new copper arbor. Soon it will be covered with climbing vines.
Erosion Problems? A great manual for homeowners showing how to design a rain garden. See the following web site (it’s a PDF file — a color printer is recommended for printing). Rain Garden Manual Thanks to Candace Stoughton for this link.
Ann’s garden was pictured on the cover of the ‘Home & Garden‘ section of Atlanta Journal Constitution (Aug 21, 2003) .
The accompanying article included pictures from several gardens and interviews with several gardeners. While the ‘Home & Garden’ section included a number of great photos from Ann’s garden, the online version only had two photos (one in the link above and this one).
If you can’t click on the links above, here are the urls.
Cherokee Tribune article Fresh from the Garden
Woodstock woman to showcase green thumb on gardening show
Sunday, August 10, 2003
By Donna Harris
Cherokee Tribune Staff Writer
For Ann Myers, the spiritual therapy she receives from gardening is every bit as important to her as the vegetables she grows.
The Woodstock resident finds the grounding and peace she needs between the rows of tomatoes and green beans that grow in the well-kept garden beside her driveway…
The squash has overrun the center corridor. Cucumbers are also thriving.
Tomatoes and peppers are slow to mature in this wet year
The Do It Yourself Network visited our garden yesterday. They were here from 6:30am until 6pm, a very long day when you add the commute time. They taped several shows, enduring Atlanta’s summer heat and humidity with good humor. Photos below show host Joe Lampl describing tomatoes and squash and Ann providing expert opinion.
We added a retaining wall to Ann’s garden. Below are two photos (before and after) taken from north of the garden. The last photo shows a horizontal view of the retaining wall.
The Do It Yourself Network is taping a televison show in the garden tomorrow.
Phorid Flies as Biocontrol Agents
Research is focusing on the use of phorid decapitating flies in the genus Pseudacteon as biocontrol agents for imported fire ants. One species (Pseudacteon tricuspis) has been released in Florida and several other states. This fly is permanently established at more than a dozen sites and populations are beginning to expand rapidly out of several release sites. As of fall 2001, P. tricuspis was expanding out of the release sites around Gainesville, FL at the rate of 10-20 miles a year. By fall 2002 these flies should be coast to coast in Florida and moving into Georgia. During spring 2000, we released a second species of decapitating fly. This fly is much smaller than the first and may do better in cooler climates. It is now permanently established in hybrid populations in Alabama and perhaps Mississippi. Both species of flies were extensively tested for environmental safety prior to applying for release. To determine the impacts of these flies on fire ant populations, an extensive field monitoring program is being funded by a USDA-NRI research grant. Results from this research program are expected in the next 2-3 years.
Additional species and biotypes of decapitating flies will be evaluated and released.
Other projects include studies of polygyne fire ant populations and potential range limits of imported fire ant populations along the northern edges of their range.
We have a wild azalea in full bloom in the front yard. Ann suggested that I smell the flowers. Amazing!