Monthly Archives: August 2013

Good and Bad Bugs in the Garden

This is a tobacco hornworm (similar to a tomato hornworm) that has been parasitized by a tiny, beneficial wasp known as a Braconid wasp.

Parasitized Tobacco HornwormThe hornworm will live until the wasp eggs hatch and then the young wasp larva will eat their host alive.

If you find caterpillars like these in your garden, leave them where they are!



Parasitized Tobacco Hornworm (2)The hornworms generally stop feeding after being parasitized and the tiny parasitic wasps that hatch will continue to populate your garden, helping control unwanted pests.

If you’re squeamish, you might not want to watch!

Happy gardening!

Interview on Far Out Radio

Jill Henderson - Far Out Radio - 8-26-2013Check out my latest interview with Scott Teeters on the Far Out Radio Show on the Rense Radio Network.

The first hour is this interview and the second hour is from my interview in January.

Rain: The Spark of Creation

Rainbow after the storm. © Jill HendersonBy Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz

Excerpted from my book, A Journey of Seasons:  A Year in the Ozarks High Country.  Available in print and eBook in the Show Me Oz bookstore.

It’s amazing what a little rain can do during a drought.  Before our last bout of rain, the grass was brown and so brittle that it crunched beneath our feet.  But after the rain, the grass and all the native plants in the meadow turned a vibrant green and the once silent meadow suddenly came alive with the songs of happy frogs, crickets and cicadas.  This seemingly incredible transformation is not as uncommon as it might seem. 

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Luscious Elderberries

By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz

Summer is a time of abundance in the natural world.  It doesn’t take much searching to find plants, trees and shrubs that are either flowering, setting fruit or going to seed.  And all it takes to fill one’s winter larder with this abundance is a little walking and a keen eye.   July is a particularly bountiful month in which one of my favorite wild edibles, the common elderberry, begins to set and ripen its delicious, nutritious and medicinal fruits.

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Green Love-Apple Pie

800px-Tomatoes_GreenBy Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz

With three weeks of constant rain comes many woes in the garden.  The tomatoes in particular struggled with blister beetles, slugs, box turtles, rot and cracking.  We were able to save many by bringing them in at first blush and letting them ripen, but many are too dinged up to make it that far.  Yet, I can’t just throw them away – in a year like this, every tomato counts!  So it was that I found myself facing a counter of green tomatoes and  sizing them up for their eating potential.  What to do with all the wonky ones, I wondered.  Suddenly it hit me.  I said to Dean, “I’m going to make you a nice apple pie!”  He turned to see the crazy look in my eye and a counter full of green tomatoes and with an incredulous tone to his voice, “No way.”  Oh, yes-way” – A Green Love-Apple Pie!

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The Sacred Circle of Water

Sacred Circle of Water by Jill Henderson (2)When we moved into our new place a couple years ago, my husband and I found two weathered and stained cow skulls that had been hidden in the tall weeds of the side yard.  Not knowing exactly where they fit into our landscape, they were repeatedly moved around the perimeter of the house until finally they wound up on a shelf in the workshop where they sat for the better part of two years.  I had been saying all along that I wanted to paint them, but just never seemed to get around to it. Continue reading

2013 Fall Go Green Festival Set for October 12th-13th

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The Fall 2013 Go Green Self Reliance Festival will be held October 12th and 13th in Thayer City Park.  Hours are from 9 am to 6 pm both days.  Admission is free, vendors are free and all are encouraged to attend. Continue reading

Contaminated Compost Showing Up in Missouri

Compost contaminated with herbicide is showing up in Missouri.

“The culprit can be one of any three herbicides which have been approved for use on pastures and forage crops,” said David Trinklein, University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist.

Newer versions of herbicides with active ingredients such as clopyralid, picloram and aminopyralid can pass through the digestive systems of foraging animals and arrive, unchanged, in the manure. If that manure is composted, farmers could unwittingly introduce these plant-killing compounds into their soil, Trinklein said.

Read the entire article at Missouri Beginning Farming