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Comment by Rebecca Jean Tkach on February 14, 2011 at 7:27pm
My tomatoes have flowers and the cucumbers, squash and melons have poked there little heads out of the soil. Now I start my fight with powdery mildew. Has any one used Actinovate or Bi-Carb Old Fashion Fungicide? Both are listed as a natural pesticide and are OMRI listed. The potassium bicarbonate in the old fashioned fungicide causes the mildew's cell walls to collapse and is the least expensive. I really need help as powdery mildew was my nemesis last summer.
Comment by lynda o z4or5. on February 14, 2011 at 4:14pm
started the eraly tomato palnts yesterday. Yes ther e is hope for spring
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on February 13, 2011 at 4:02pm

Diana ... don't forget,  "great mulch is made of history."

On the ants and mothsballs:  We have ants everywhere as i know you do so I put few mothballs in my mailbox, electrical boxes, outdoor boxes, sheds, and toss a few on any new ant hill I see.  Yes, they disolve over time but the ants go elsewhere.  I learned the trick from an irrigation installer who put them in any outside controller box to ward off carpenter ants from making homes.   My mailman appreciates that they also keep garden snakes out of my mailbox.  Give'm a try.  :)

 

 

Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011 at 3:17pm

Michelle, those tom's are beautiful.  What a surprise.  Lila, you are such a good friend, keep up the good work.

Lyn, that is wonderful story about the pig pen.  My compost is the same way.  I have beans that grow anywhere.

Kimberly, you can come over with your shovel and help me anytime.

Have a wonderful day and Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow.

Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011 at 3:12pm
Here is the rest of the garden.  When I posted my blog, I was adamant that it takes a long time to tend to the soil, then plant seed/starters, then keep the weeds down and watered.  This is months, not weeks or days.  Then you get a good crop and then the cold weather hits and will clean you out in just 1 night.  Spring, you start all over, except it hot weather and drought you have to deal with instead of cold weather.  That is what gardening is all about.
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011 at 3:07pm
I uncovered my garden yesterday.  I took pictures today and now I am sad.  Picked a couple of califlower before all the cold weather.  But the rest is history.
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011 at 2:49pm

Bob, moth balls???  I use them for armadillo but when they get wet, they disappear.  Tell me more!

Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on February 13, 2011 at 9:30am
Glenda, I read that if you put row covers over your plants making sure you bury all edges with dirt that it will keep the slugs from getting to the plants.  I managed to sift out my carrot bed and get it seeded yesterday although we are now back into our "winter",  I am also a CA transplant from San Jose for 30 years.  My peas are up in the greenhouse along with cabbage just peeking through along with lettuce and leeks.  You cannot imagine how very exhausted I was with our two weeks of sunshine and warm temps.  I could not stay away from hacking and weeding.  I loved it!  My wild plum is in full blossom and hope the orchard will not bloom until it is safe from possible hail and wind.
Comment by Kimberly White, Lombard, IL,Zn 5 on February 13, 2011 at 7:51am
I am so looking forward to using my shovel to move dirt instead of snow :/
Comment by Glenda Truscott z8 on February 12, 2011 at 10:03pm
I planted peas, that I started in the house, outside today.  It felf so good just to be digging in the dirt again.  I planted lettuce in the potting shed today too.  I hope the seed sprout.  If I plant the seeds in my raised beds the slugs get the plants.  Karen I envy your banana belt area of Oregon.  Being a Ca. transplant, I do get tired of our rain here in Salem.
 

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