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Old 04-02-2012, 05:32 PM   #101
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I try not to use poisons either, but sometimes it is them or me. In this case my cabbage plants would not have had a chance if I hadn't.
I understand completely. I would hate to see the bugs win after all your hard work. Some of us garden due to the love of the activity. And some to feed our family. But for all of us, we get that same sense of accomplishment when we taste success. No matter how we arrive there.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:57 PM   #102
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Around here, if you plant arugula, you had better like arugula. From maybe three plants in a small herb garden last spring, in the fall it came up in several places nearby and about 50 feet away. Can't wait to see where all it comes up this year. Fortunately, we like it a lot. Borage kind of did the same, and I have no use for that much borage, so mostly the flowers will go into salads.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:25 PM   #103
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Arugula did the same in my parent's yard, grew everywhere but where they planted it for ease of harvesting.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:02 PM   #104
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Goodness, Leolady! You've been busy!

I've been using Pyola spray from Gardens Alive, an organic company, for years. It's a combo of pyrithrins and canola oil, and works like magic on all sorts of critters. Takes care of the sawfly larvae, Mexican bean beetles, rose slugs, flea beetles, aphids, you name it.
I will be googling Gardens Alive momentarily! Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:28 AM   #105
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For cabbage and other cole family plants (broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower), nothing works better than bacillius Thuringiensis, aka bT. It comes as a spray or powder, and it is a bacteria that kills worms--they eat it and stop growing, die and fall off the plant. Dipel is a brand name, so is Thuricide.

It is non toxic to humans and other animals and really, really works. There are other varieties of the same stuff that work on Colorado potato beetles and on mosquito larvae. I usually buy it at Lowes, and won't grow broccoli without it. Gardens Alive might have it as well.

I use some pyrethrins as well, but they are toxic, so I save those for squash bugs. Some of those organic pesticides are not good for humans to ingest, so I use them sparingly, if at all.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:38 AM   #106
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rhubarb is up! Chickens are working on the deer-fence line (getting the stinging nettles out and crab grass--chicken tillers!).
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My chives are up and I can see the little, yellow heads of my daffodils trying to break free of the earth.
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Was at Home Depot and I saw a couple of farmers loading up two buggys with Black Krim tomato plants..they come from Russia, they said they were thee very best tasting tomatos they had ever found...looks a little strange, but I splurged and bought three @ $1.47 each
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Today, in my garden:



The "tall" one is 15 cm tall (~6 inches) and 3 cm in diameter (~1.25 inches).

I love daffodils. They look so happy and silly.
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Today, in my garden:



The "tall" one is 15 cm tall (~6 inches) and 3 cm in diameter (~1.25 inches).

I love daffodils. They look so happy and silly.
I'm jealous! But then, I don't have any daffodils planted at the farm...they are at the house in the City.
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