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Thanks for the heads up Michael-My husband "raised his first born Taters" last year and boy was he a proud Papa!!! It was pretty endearing He certainly got the gardening "bug" now.
Its almost tater planting time here in western Orygun! A friend told me about this site that lists dozens of potato varieties, many of which are heirloom types. Thought it worth passing along to the group: www.potatogarden.com
Some dang bugs ruined my indoor salad/herbs boxes. I set one outside so they can freeze to dead tonight what I didn't squish with my fingers.
Catherine if you can't find them you can make your own out of yellow paper and anything sticky, I think even vaseline.
I did get the pocket gopher. Used a trap. Man, amazing how much digging one gopher can do in a short amount of time!
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.
.. Good God, yes...quite wrongly. My response to your question is quite direct...it'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.
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!
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.
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
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