Friday, January 24, 2014

5 Week Intensive Organic Gardening Workshop at The Funny Farm


We still have space available for our yearly workshop which starts on Sunday Feb. 2nd.
Here are the details. Click this link to register.  http://2014organicgardeningworkshop.eventbrite.com

5 Week Intensive Organic Gardening Workshop
W/ Duane Marcus
Taking Control of Your Food!

This is a hands-on workshop. Learn how to use earth-friendly, organic techniques to grow delicious, nutrient-dense food for yourself and your family.

  • Week 1 - Organic Gardening Foundations - Soil Food Web, composting, nutrient dense food and nutrient cycling
    Week 2 - Garden planning- what to plant, when to plant it and how to plant it
    Week 3 - Seed starting, soil preparation, cover crops, transplanting
    Week 4- Pest control strategies - putting Mother Nature to work to control insects, diseases and weeds. Insect i.d., biological controls
    Week 5 -Permaculture Strategies in your garden- Food forests, culinary & medicinal herbs, edible landscapes, rainwater harvesting, perennial foods

    The classes will be every other Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. Class dates are Feb. 2nd, 16th, Mar. 2nd, 16th, Mar. 30th.
    Each class will be divided between classroom work and work in the garden
    The cost for the workshop is $300.00. Class is limited to 12 students
     Online registration http://2014organicgardeningworkshop.eventbrite.com
    or mail a check payable to Robin Marcus to 4459 Allgood Springs Dr. Stone Mountain, Ga 30083
    For further information-  email duanemarcus@mac.com
    or call 770-527-0395
    Classes meet at The Funny Farm 4459 Allgood Springs Dr. Stone Mountain, Ga 30083 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Squash and Zucchini Under Attack

Squash vine borers are active now. You rarely see the small red and black moth who lays her eggs on the stem of the squash near the soil line. The larvae hatch and bore into the stem and proceed the eat their way up the stem on the inside. If you catch them early you can slit the stem with a sharp knife and poke it up in the stem to kill the worm.
We have been seeing and removing squash lady beetles for a couple of weeks now. If you do this consistently they are not that much of a problem.

Just in the past few days we have started seeing the eggs of the squash bug. They are shiny and bronze in color and are mostly found on the underside of the leaf in the triangle where the large leaf ribs meet. They are very hard to remove and have hard shells so we usually end up tearing out the part of the leaf where they are and rubbing them between our fingers to destroy them.
There are lots of eggs and when they hatch the young bugs are voracious eaters. You will see stippling on the upper side of the leaf which is a sign to turn the leaf over and remove them before the get big and start to reproduce the next generation.
Squash vine borer damage at the base of a zucchini plant
Squash lady beetle eggs look just like the good lady bug eggs.
Squash lady bug beetle is orange and bigger than lady bugs
Squash bug eggs are most often found on the underside of the leaf
Young squash bugs are easy to squish
The stippling on the top of the leaf is caused by squash bugs feeding underneath. Turn over the leaf and you will find them.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

April Herb Walk and Farm Tour

We are proud to announce the opening of our Herbal Business called Stone Mountain Herbs. We are offering seasonal Herbal CSA subscriptions. The 1st one begins the first week of April. You can visit our Stone Mountain Herbs website for more information and to sign up. We are hosting monthly herb walks at the farm and other nearby locations. The first one is Sunday April 28th from 1-3 p.m.
You can sign up here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

 

5 Week Intensive Organic Gardening Workshop

W/ Duane Marcus

Taking Control of Your Food!

Week 1 - Organic Gardening Foundations - Soil Food Web, composting, nutrient dense food and nutrient cycling
 

Week 2 - Garden planning- what to plant, when to plant it and how to plant it
 

Week 3 - Seed starting, soil preparation, cover crops, transplanting
 

Week 4- Pest control strategies - putting Mother Nature to work to control insects, diseases and weeds. Insect i.d., biological controls
 

Week 5 -Permaculture Strategies in your garden- Food forests, growing edible mushrooms, edible landscapes, rainwater harvesting, perennial foods 

The classes will be every other Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. starting Sunday Feb. 3rd. Class dates are Feb. 3rd, 17th, Mar. 3rd, 17th, Mar. 31st.
Each class will be divided between classroom work and work in the garden
The cost for the workshop is $300.00. Class is limited to 10 students
 Online registration http://funnyfarmgardeningwkshp.eventbrite.com

or mail a check payable to Robin Marcus to 4459 Allgood Springs Dr. Stone Mountain, Ga 30083
For further information-  email duanemarcus@mac.com
or call 770-527-0395
Classes meet at The Funny Farm 4459 Allgood Springs Dr. Stone Mountain, Ga 30083 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta