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Comment by Muriel Fish on February 28, 2012 at 5:41pm

Catherine, have you tried sticky fly tape?  I too try to be organic, but occasionally when things like snails are decimating my hard work, I resort to bait in a non-pourous container like a plastic jar on its side so the snails die inside and the bait doesn't leach into the soil.  Strips might trap enough to make a dent in the population. 

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on February 28, 2012 at 5:38pm

.. Good God, yes...quite wrongly.  My response to your question is quite's up to you.  In many cases, folks will choose to ignore, address organically or go to a chemical and use as prescribed.  I happen to be one who is organic up the the point that product suffers from it and in Florida, it's really difficult to be 100% organic and have dependable yields year after year...but that does not mean we don't try.  In your case, I'd do exactly as I would here..if organics are not working, I'd not hesitate to use a stronger solution and only as directed.  That's the choice I see all of us having when circumstances like yours pop up and they do for all of us.

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on February 28, 2012 at 3:21pm

Catherine .. it's the nature of Garden Share forum to be environmentaly conscious and organically inclined .. as it should be.  I saw a comment in a local garden blog yesterday that kinda' sums up the issue of pests as I see it; there are three choices:  ignore them, treat them organically or go chemical and knock the infestation down.  In my world, that translates to the simple question of "am I growing these veggies for food or for a hobby and looking good?"  It's up to each of us to figure that out when confronted by issues like yours.   Cheers!

Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on February 28, 2012 at 2:40pm

Catherine, maybe the "Sundew" would work for you better?

I don't know much about carnivorous plants, but I'm hope'n that the butterwort works for what I need. The woman said it attracks the flies to it, so I figured ok I'll try it. Now the venus fly trap, I've killed those in the past so won't attempt that one anymore. And the "Sundew" sounds interesting.

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on February 28, 2012 at 2:30pm

Catherine .. I like you mini-greenhouses and here's a couple of things to maybe consider:  I don't close off the bottom of the pot to air tight most of the time in order lessen any chance of root or seed rot from too wet a soil.  Second, be sure to give them no more than filtered sun in order to not have the inside get too hot.  Maybe those aren't concerns in your setup but they would be in this climate.  Peps generally take longer than toms to germinate so I'd watch that container carefully.  You might open the top daily to let in some air for a few mins?  I like those other containers that have the holes in the top we spoke of earlier on.  Let us know how it works out

Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on February 28, 2012 at 2:20pm
Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on February 28, 2012 at 2:00pm

Catherine, something that might help with the little black flies is a Butterwort plant(s) I learned about it at a Orchid Show and picked one up because I'm having a little issue with little flies in my vivarium. The Orchid growers have many in their greenhouses to combat those nasty lil buggers.

Comment by stephen fitzwater, UT - zone 7a on February 27, 2012 at 12:54pm

Nancy, this garden is out in the open. There is no roof over top...

Comment by stephen fitzwater, UT - zone 7a on February 27, 2012 at 9:12am

Kimberly, the ID (inside dimension) of the planters is 3' X 6', and the height is 12". There are 23 planters in this particular garden. The nice thing about raised-beds is, even if you have a small plot, you can maximize space, effort and harvest. This is the largest layout, I've installed all size plots with RB's, average is probably 12'x12'.  Four 4'x 4's, or a couple of 4'x8's. We make them virtually every size imaginable. The thing I love most is the water conservation and the virtual elimination of weeds.

Comment by William Brooks Zone 7/OK on February 27, 2012 at 8:19am

I'm going of the air folks for a while doing my Ancestry and it takes a lot of time and I want to get my money worth. It takes a lot of my time to check in here all the time but I will be back. Happy Gardening.


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