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Old 07-05-2018, 12:21 PM   #106
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Zucchini starting to produce here I planted 3 rows about 20 plants each the first sown are putting on flowers, and my cilantro looks good too.
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Old 07-06-2018, 11:27 AM   #107
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Heck, Mississippi has two corn crops a year. First crop is picked, and now it is time to plant corn again.

Garden is surrounded by a fish line, with Walmart bags tied to it, and old CD's hanging from the line. Breeze keeps the Cd's moving and flashing/reflecting the light. These really catch the eye during the day.

Sure keeps the deer out.

BTW, the deer do NOT like walking into the fish line at night.

Those African birds from Florida will go wild when the garden is being plowed. They drop out of the sky to search for worms, bugs; and the tractor doesn't bother them. These birds fly over all day, although they normally stay with the livestock.

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Old 07-06-2018, 12:16 PM   #108
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Zucchini starting to produce here I planted 3 rows about 20 plants each the first sown are putting on flowers, and my cilantro looks good too.

Get ready to have a shit load of Zucchini. My garden has been doing really well until I had squash bugs move in and start killing my plants. I thought it was a nutrient issue at first and then the other day I noticed the damn bugs on a plant they have pretty much killed. I've started terminating them with extreme prejudice now. I need to figure a way to keep the birds from pecking my tomatoes too, that's the next thing.
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Squash bugs?? I thought squash kept the bugs away. At least that is the legend around here.

Word is the "Three Sisters" were planted by the Indians for that purpose. The "Three Sisters" is corn, string beans, and squash. Corn provides the stalk for the string beans to climb, and the squash kept the bugs away. The three were planted together in the rows.

I admit our squash is next to the corn.
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:14 PM   #110
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Squash bugs?? I thought squash kept the bugs away. At least that is the legend around here.

Word is the "Three Sisters" were planted by the Indians for that purpose. The "Three Sisters" is corn, string beans, and squash. Corn provides the stalk for the string beans to climb, and the squash kept the bugs away. The three were planted together in the rows.

I admit our squash is next to the corn.
Yep, these little bastards.

https://www.almanac.com/pest/squash-bugs

I tried Corn a few years ago. It grew really well and then dried up on me.
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:39 PM   #111
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Always have problems with my cucurbits (squash and cucumbers) like clockwork every year about a week after transplant or just as the seeds sprout.

Cucumber beetles are the problem. They eat the young leaves/shoots and spread a virus that makes the plant sick. Very hard on young transplants and just up plants. Now I keep an eye out for them (little striped beetles that are amazing fast to fly or scoot as you come upon them, and they hide in the soil around the base of the plants).

https://www.almanac.com/pest/cucumber-beetles

I usually spray right off the bat when transplanting, and/or when the seeds come up and every couple weeks or so, and after rains, until the plants are well established. Otherwise its easy to lose young plants to the damage.

For an organic I have found Spinosad works well on them. Ortho Garden Bug-Be-Gone works well too as does Sevin. I usually try to spray as little as possible and stick with the organics as much as possible.

Beans and corn are up here, about 6-8 inches tall. Everything else coming along well except my peppers, which were hit hard by marauding groundhogs.
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:45 PM   #112
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Get ready to have a shit load of Zucchini. My garden has been doing really well until I had squash bugs move in and start killing my plants. I thought it was a nutrient issue at first and then the other day I noticed the damn bugs on a plant they have pretty much killed. I've started terminating them with extreme prejudice now. I need to figure a way to keep the birds from pecking my tomatoes too, that's the next thing.
To keep birds from pecking holes in tomatoes:

I use a plastic bag from Walmart, 7-11, Publix, any store that uses colored plastic bags.
Slip the bag over the tomatoe(s) when they start to tinge in color. Tie 1/2 knot LOOSELY in the bag so they can still get air and drain if it gets wet.
Birds won't go after what they can't see.

And, the bags are reusable from season to season.
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Old 07-07-2018, 12:19 AM   #113
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Squash bugs?? I thought squash kept the bugs away. At least that is the legend around here.

Word is the "Three Sisters" were planted by the Indians for that purpose. The "Three Sisters" is corn, string beans, and squash. Corn provides the stalk for the string beans to climb, and the squash kept the bugs away. The three were planted together in the rows.

I admit our squash is next to the corn.
Squash bug is my biggest problem, wait until the morning after a decent night rain, they climb to the top of leaves to dry off then I try to spray them with soapy water. Seeing mature over wintered ones crawling in the soil, know there’s gonna be a problem coming.

Pumpkins kicking butt, hoping those squash bugs stay away for a while
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To keep birds from pecking holes in tomatoes:

I use a plastic bag from Walmart, 7-11, Publix, any store that uses colored plastic bags.
Slip the bag over the tomatoe(s) when they start to tinge in color. Tie 1/2 knot LOOSELY in the bag so they can still get air and drain if it gets wet.
Birds won't go after what they can't see.

And, the bags are reusable from season to season.
Grow a bunch of blue berries here that I sell in pots, I need to start netting now they’ve attacked the ripe ones, and people like to buy them mostly when the plants have berries. Some birds are slick and will pull up nets, seen mocking birds climb under the net and lift it up to go in. Sadly I grow and sell a hundred or so plants a year and I have none in the ground. The maybe 50 to 100 I have still unsold will soon be getting potted in a 3 gal container soon because watering during the heat and constant blowing over now the heads are close to 2 foot tall. It will take at least 6 months for the roots to fill out the pot to sell next spring or late fall.
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How to melons
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HWa3VWt7RVo&t=2s

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=d6-rvC9-L04
Her garden looks juicy
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I ended up putting netting around my tomatoes, problem solved. I also covered my plants in Diatomaceous earth and that seems to have helped with the squash bugs.
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I ended up putting netting around my tomatoes, problem solved. I also covered my plants in Diatomaceous earth and that seems to have helped with the squash bugs.
Never tried diatomaceous earth.
Shit really works, eh?

I've always been a big fan of Sevin liquid. One application per 7 - 10 days during bug season.

Usually will last thru a rain or two - as long as it's not a deluge of biblical proportion.

Reckon I'll pick up a small bag of DE and have a go of it.

Expensive? What's the stuff cost?
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Been really dry here, and the woodchucks seem to be coming from miles around to feast on the oasis of my watered garden.

Finally started shooting as they were decimating my cabbage brocolli, etc, peppers and tomatillos, not to mention the lettuce.

Three down so far today, all with the SA93 I don't have.
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Been really dry here, and the woodchucks seem to be coming from miles around to feast on the oasis of my watered garden.

Finally started shooting as they were decimating my cabbage brocolli, etc, peppers and tomatillos, not to mention the lettuce.

Three down so far today, all with the SA93 I don't have.
Pics of the garden sig and the looters needed

Been a real late start here but some stuff is really growing good, the bad has been sweet corn only one planting doing well, other group sown 10 days later only 2 plants grew, gonna plow them under. Indian corn terrible a complete waste and onions not so good. All vine crops doing good and the peppers, serrano, jalapeño and a banana type pepper, first few peppers starting to push. Tomatoes doing ok but I was way too late was planting.
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Been a real late start here but some stuff is really growing good, the bad has been sweet corn only one planting doing well, other group sown 10 days later only 2 plants grew, gonna plow them under. Indian corn terrible a complete waste and onions not so good. All vine crops doing good and the peppers, serrano, jalapeño and a banana type pepper, first few peppers starting to push. Tomatoes doing ok but I was way too late was planting.
I planted four 25'x25' blocks of sweetcorn, 4 different varieties all close together. One block germinated very poorly and is thin with a lot of 4 foot gaps in the rows, another did a bit better, but lots of difference in size. The third did quite well and is growing on schedule and is what I would expect. The fourth did gangbusters and is growing faster, ahead of schedule and looks by far the best.

Other than varieties, and the seeds (all purchased fresh this year) I don't have any idea what may have caused this, other than perhaps raiding birds picking the seed.

Oh, and sorry, I lost my camera in a boating accident.
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Never tried diatomaceous earth.
Shit really works, eh?

I've always been a big fan of Sevin liquid. One application per 7 - 10 days during bug season.

Usually will last thru a rain or two - as long as it's not a deluge of biblical proportion.

Reckon I'll pick up a small bag of DE and have a go of it.

Expensive? What's the stuff cost?

So far it seems to have worked. My eggplant were getting destroyed and now they are growing just fine, no holes in the leaves. I lost two squash plants before I put DE on everything and I've not seen any more advancement from the bugs. The bag I purchased was eight dollars for four pounds. When you put it on the plants don't go light with it. If you have a duster use it instead of just dumping it on leaves.

The lack of rain has been the hardest thing on my garden now. We finally got a good long rain Sunday and some yesterday so I hope that props things back up. My green beans have been struggling lately.
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I've been harvesting peppers (Jalapeno, Serrano and Cubanelle) and cherry tomatoes for three weeks now. My sauce tomatoes are starting to ripen up and will be rolling in over the next few weeks. The soil in NE Ohio is fantastic, but the growing season is unfortunately very short. I was extremely busy this year, traveling for work, etc and so I didn't do the normal garden that includes much more.
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So far it seems to have worked. My eggplant were getting destroyed and now they are growing just fine, no holes in the leaves. I lost two squash plants before I put DE on everything and I've not seen any more advancement from the bugs. The bag I purchased was eight dollars for four pounds. When you put it on the plants don't go light with it. If you have a duster use it instead of just dumping it on leaves.

The lack of rain has been the hardest thing on my garden now. We finally got a good long rain Sunday and some yesterday so I hope that props things back up. My green beans have been struggling lately.
I'll have to give it a try. Considering I use chemicals pretty often here, I'd like to try something less toxic to critters and humans alike.

We have almost everything taken in. Corn has already been skinned from the cob and frozen, got peppers up the ying yang and a few tomatoes in the fridge yet.
My sweet potatoes are still in and looking great. At least the foliage is looking great.
If any of y'all try sweet potatoes, make sure you have plenty of room. The vines have taken over the area allotted and moving into where the corn used to reside.

I put in 40 Slips spaced at 24" apart and they took over a 6ft wide area. The vines will sprout roots wherever they touch the dirt for extra water and nutrients.
They like warm weather and are tropical in nature so keep that in mind.

Looking forward to some sweet potato pie.
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Shit really works, eh? Reckon I'll pick up a small bag of DE and have a go of it.
Absolutely Yes! For ticks & chiggers. Blackberry picking time here in the Ozarks means wading through vegetation full of ticks & chiggers. A few years ago an herbalist gave me some diatomasceous earth powder for this. I put it in a sock & dusted my ankles, belt line, armpits, neck, areas where typically you get ATFU by ticks & chiggers. I wear long pants tucked into the tops of my boots, Skin so Soft, Deet, Deep Woods Off, and still got ate up. Then when I started using the DE, not one tick or chigger. None.

This stuff is sold for use on animals, and is inexpensive. It works.
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Absolutely Yes! For ticks & chiggers. Blackberry picking time here in the Ozarks means wading through vegetation full of ticks & chiggers. A few years ago an herbalist gave me some diatomasceous earth powder for this. I put it in a sock & dusted my ankles, belt line, armpits, neck, areas where typically you get ATFU by ticks & chiggers. I wear long pants tucked into the tops of my boots, Skin so Soft, Deet, Deep Woods Off, and still got ate up. Then when I started using the DE, not one tick or chigger. None.

This stuff is sold for use on animals, and is inexpensive. It works.

My neighbor turned me onto it. He uses it for fleas on his outside cats, works well. I've never tried it for ticks, will have to remember that.
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My neighbor turned me onto it. He uses it for fleas on his outside cats, works well. I've never tried it for ticks, will have to remember that.
Had to throw this stuff around the barn cats before when the fleas got out of hand, heard of it used to for bedbugs too. Friend has a restaurant and upstairs derelict tenants brought in bedbugs he used it because he didn’t want to contact a pest company and risk needing to be closed or health dept being notified.

I wonder if it can mixed into water and sprayed on with a cheap 1 gal pump sprayer along with sevin or a horticultural soap.
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The war has started, first kill of squash vine bore on a pumpkin plant just as some flowers are starting to push. A cheap Chinese pocket knife took his head off, been holding back from spraying since neighbor has about five bee hives but starting soon I’m laying the spray on at dusk.
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Starting to harvest some here. Beets, summer squash, zucchini so far.

Grapes are looking good. If all goes well should be a bumper crop. Hopefully the warm weather will last long enough for them to be ripe enough to make good wine.
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