Arbor Added to Garden Entrance

GardenArborSouthViewWebWe 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.

Ann’s garden on cover of ‘Home & Garden’ section, Atlanta Journal Constitution (Aug 21, 2003)

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.

Fresh from the Garden

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…

Ann’s Garden Upgraded

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.

I Hate Fire Ants

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.

Phorid flies, click to enlarge