Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cold Weather Fig, Pomegranate, and Banana Trees! How is it so???

In this episode of GeekGreens.com, I'll show you how I'm growing Fig, full size Pomegranate, and a new variety of Banana trees all the way up in the cold Salt Lake City, Utah! (Zone 6) I assure you - no Green House is involved!!! I'm getting hungry just thinking of it!

Here are the plants you can purchase from this episode:

Cold Hardy "Russian" Pomegranate - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VPF9AW/?tag=stnal-20
Cold Hardy Fig Tree (up to Zone 6!) - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PD7REO/?tag=stnal-20
Ice Cream Musa Banana Tree - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E41BDWK/?tag=stnal-20

Watch below!:


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Use Parasitic Wasps to Control Tomato Hornworm and Fruit Worms!!!

In this episode, I show you how to use a beneficial insect called a "parasitic wasp" (scientific name "Trichogramma") to kill grubs and other moth-like larvae in your yard. Parasitic wasps are actually in the wasp family, but they are so small you likely will not see them, and they don't sting. They mostly hang out down at grown level and on your trees planting their babies in moth and other nuisance insect eggs.

The parasitic wasp helps your garden by laying its own eggs inside the eggs of other harmful insects to your garden. When the wasp eggs hatch, the larvae eats the larvae of the eggs they are in, killing any future for adulthood of that harmful grub, worm, or insect. My hope was to use these to kill the worms that were growing in my apricots and other fruit. And if I'm lucky, maybe it will finally solve some of my ant problem in my yard!

You can order your own parasitic wasps at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0050QK6YE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?tag=stnal-20


Friday, July 12, 2013

A Banana Tree That Grows Outside in Utah???


Want a banana plant that even I can plant up in Salt Lake City, utah? The Musa Basjoo is a cold-hardy banana tree that grows all the way up to Zone 5 (meaning it can survive lows as far as -15 degrees celsius!). The tree, if in warm conditions long enough, does provide fruit, but the fruit is supposedly inedible. This plant make a nice ornamental piece next to pools, ponds, and other areas you want to add a tropical touch in areas where "tropical" just isn't expected.

This plant will go well next to my pond and cold-hardy Hibiscus bush. Watch below to see what it looks like, and how to plant it. You can order these on Amazon at this link!