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Tap water and the aphids. A gardening and life technique

Updated on April 12, 2013

water water everywhere but not a drop to drink

Our desert even continues into a fairly sparce Ocean.
Our desert even continues into a fairly sparce Ocean. | Source
Here is a reservoir that supplies our water. We live in a desert and so there are consequences.
Here is a reservoir that supplies our water. We live in a desert and so there are consequences. | Source

A rant on our "drinking" water.

Gardening is one of the most meditative pass times known to man. The practice provides awesome health benefits. This has been true conceptually since the "garden of Eden", And for sure since the hanging gardens of Babylon. The entire globe and thousands of years of history tell the truth of this concept.

I have five favorite types of gardens -- but first let me rant about our drinking water.

Our water is not safe to drink out of the tap. It will not kill you, at least for a few years but it will harm you and consistently make you sick. The two primary reasons for this is excess chlorine and excess fluoride. I will leave it at that. Check with HP watergeek for further explanation.

The excess chlorine kills bacteria. It does it very well. The problem is that our bodies have human microbiota -- and this is a fair assessment of what they do: is the aggregate of microorganisms that reside on the surface and in deep layers of skin, in the saliva and oral mucosa, in the conjunctiva, and in the gastrointestinal tracts. They include bacteria, fungi, and archaea. Some of these organisms perform tasks that are useful for the human host.

The point is that we need many of them. This level of Chlorine kills them if ingested or overexposed to them.

So I have a wonderful rose garden. It fills our front window with beauty.

This year I cut back in my winter/spring garden the mallow plant. Aphids love mallow. By cutting back I cut back the food for the aphids. So they sprang unto my front rose garden. My shipment of ladybugs, arrived dead. I don't use chemicals as a repellent.

But I had to do something as the aphids can destroy a rose plant. My accross the street neighbor Mary has great roses. So my boy and I gathered some spring cherry tomatoes and went to seek advice. Mary refused the tomatoes -- something to do with her husband Johns gout? But she offered up free advice and a bag of winter oranges -- sour, but we love em.

She laughed at my dilemma. She said; of course you do not spray the leaves and buds of your roses with the horrible water, do you? I said "no way". Mary patted my boys head, produced a fresh baked cookie and said that is exactly what you must do. Our water is so bad that it acts as an insecticide. So we waited until dusk and sprayed all the roses --- the aphids are gone, dead.

I am not entitled to great water or a rose garden.

So there are lemons in life. But we can find uses for them.

My little unincorporated village is called Spring Valley. We have subsidence problems with land because of a very high water table. We have drinking water that burns your eyes with chlorine during a shower.

So what. We are lower middle class. But as you walk down my street every single home has a garden, palm date tree, Jacaranda, Juniper, flowers galore and most have at least to fruit trees.

Now my biggest worry is if this water will harm dragon flies, butterflies and lady bugs.


So we learn in our lessons. From the Rose and from the lemon.

Some Sweet things have thorns, other sweet things actually taste sour.

I suppose we say not to fit square pegs into round holes, and I suppose we should not judge a book by its cover, and we should not prejudge what someone or thing is good for. But we do. Perhaps we should find wisdom from the bad water and the aphid.

Five favorite types of gardens.

1. Over 100 years old

2. Natural -- like blackberries and rasberry patches with volunteer type fruit trees, just nurtures along and trimmed with a few fruit trees or local exotics

3. Perfect. Straight rows of things and cleaned pathways and drip systems for water and a swing or hammock. Perhaps two fountains and scented plants.

4. Abandoned 40 years or so. But still with enough water and sun to be overgrown.

5. Temples and Churches, spiritual type places with out to much glitzy.

Well please think about your "Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh my Gypsy you just took me there with so few words, thank you.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. I love the romantic kind where there a pathways and trees and bushes and flowers everywhere and you can sit in all this beauty under moonlight and count the stars.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      It's called classic children's literature...but it's definitely not just for kids. :-)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks, We just have a blast around trying to learn from what is. The Secret Garden is a "children's book" How embarrassing -I thought otherwise ;-)

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      The Secret Garden is my all-time favorite book and theme for life. It has so much wisdom and beauty in a "children's" book. I love rose gardens and often think of that song "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden". :-)

      It's almost funny that the water is so bad it's an insecticide, except not for the rest of the wildlife. Yikes. I love natural gardening solutions like ladybugs.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow, thank you for sharing that. I have a great picture in my mind. And thank you for your wonderful health hubs.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Kathryn. I think it is fun to buy hundreds of lady bugs, and let them go on the aphids. Two days and they are pretty much gone. I am new also.

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      Ghaelach 4 years ago

      Morning Eric.

      Great hub.

      Living on the forth floor, as you can imagine we don't have a garden. Never-the- less we do have a wonderful view of our countryside and the mountains in the distance.

      Being a Brit and coming from the north west of England my mother had a beautiful cottage garden with almost every flower you could name (well almost). Roses where her fav's and what she used to do was get an unused plant pot and fill it with straw, turn it upside down and tie it near or next to the roses. The idea was that some insect (can't remember it's name) would come along and make it's new home there, then come out at night and eat all the aphids leaving mother with a beautiful English Rose Garden. Wonderful memories!

      Thanks for sharing and I'll do the same.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

      Well, my roses have aphids and I was quite alarmed when I saw them! I haven't known what to do! I am a new rose bush caretaker. Thank you for these insights!

      I swim in chlorinated water and have for years. I have been out of it for two months now due to circumstances and finally I have real hair again! Not dry, brittle, colorless straw!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Billy, For some reason after the Chicken Ranch story and a simpler life, I feel like I have sat in your garden.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You and these late evening hubs....you barely got me before I shut down for the night. As for the aphids, I'm sure there is a lesson there somewhere. :) As for favorite gardens, I like the old English cottage gardens myself, but right now all we have is an ever-enlarging vegetable garden.

      Have a great weekend my friend.