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4/1/11 9:42 P

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Thanks for the egg shell tip. Havent tried that one yet. I'm still looking at snow out in my garden and hoping for warmer days.

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PATTIEM2 Posts: 89
4/1/11 5:18 P

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Thank you for the suggestion I am certainly going to try it. We have chickens and so we get quite a few eggs. We give some of the eggs away. Maybe I will ask them to save the shells.

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SHARJOPAUL's Photo SHARJOPAUL Posts: 31,385
4/1/11 2:17 P

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For the slugs, crush egg shells and sprinkle them around anyi plants that they are attracted to. This not only kills the slugs but adds calcium and some other minerals to your soil.

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4/1/11 10:57 A

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I don't have an answer to your pest problem at the moment. I also have a problem with 2 types of pests. Last year we had tiny slugs in out strawberries. They ruined a lot of our strawberries. I am hoping they won't return this year but if they do I hope someone has an answer . The other pest we had last year for the first time were tiny beetles. They were all over the cabbage and corn. They seem to be in all the neighbors gardens also.No one knew how to get rid of them.

We have started planting many of our vegtables. My son who lives with us has built a 55 ft long green house on our back area and has planted tomatoes there. So they have a head start.

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SHARJOPAUL's Photo SHARJOPAUL Posts: 31,385
4/1/11 7:42 A

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Hi Di, welcome to the team.
WOW all that wonderful stuff growing mostly in containers.
As far as what is eating your plants, could you give us a little more information about what the pests are doing. What type of damage are they causing and to what types of plants? Is it just leaves or the fruit also? Little holes or bigger bites out of things?"

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4/1/11 7:00 A

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hello! you are making the rest of us in not as warm area jealous of all you've got going! I'm new to gardening so I can't answer your question, plus I'm in a war with the squirrels, so I haven't even moved on to other pests emoticon Welcome to spark!

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CROWGIRL9's Photo CROWGIRL9 Posts: 42
4/1/11 3:02 A

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Hi! I'm Di! I'm in southern California, new to spark, but I've been container gardening through trial, error, a crash course in square foot gardening and exposure to the internet since about 2001, though I've stepped up the intensity in the last three years or so. I'm currently growing peaches, raspberries, blackberries, tomatillos, strawberries, broccoli, pomegranates, guava, sunflowers, beans, eggplants, more strawberries :), pumpkins, zucchini, serrano chile, green peppers, rosemary, cilantro, an assortment of flowers, succulents, aloes and tulips and a random sycamore tree that decided to take up residence in an empty tomato planter four years ago and is now one of my best friends. I use a lot of natural compost, peat and coffee grounds, but I want to start a compost bin next, which I understand might be relatively easy, since I've got a significant amount of dry waste from the community pepper trees in the courtyard of my duplex. I'm battling... well. Something that is eating my plants, but only if they're in the ground. Container plants are safe, and no slugs or snails are in evidence. I hear neem oil spray is the way to go for organics--does anyone have feedback on that?

Thanks, guys! Happy Friday!

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