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7/13/11 9:04 A

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that is a great idea, thanks. I have sprinkled hot pepper on my decorative pumpkins in the fall so the squirrels won't eat them, so I will have to apply that idea to my plants.

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7/13/11 1:10 A

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Thanks for the tip ROLANDD! I'll have to try that.

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7/12/11 11:41 P

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I use cayenne pepper soaked in water, I add dish soap to make it stick to the plants when dries. I spray this concoction on my plants, no pest like to eat on anything that has this mixture on it.

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7/12/11 4:18 P

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Cinder....try your herbs in pots. I find basil is just a pain to get started in the garden...some years but it always works in a pot.

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7/12/11 10:49 A

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Welcome. I have a container garden and it is doing great. I had a problem with tomato worms for a while but, like you, I was watchful and picked them off and now they are gone.
My first tomatoes are just now ripening and I can't wait to have a taste. I have been gardening organically since the 70s. My bell peppers are almost ready and I am getting some strawberries since they are ever bearing. My green beans and potatoes are slow because I have not been able to water them like the others, but they have been blooming and doing great, except for a varmit that got about 5 of the green bean plants. The whole plants!!!!

My herb garden was a failure. The seeds didn't come up so I must have got some bad seeds. I will try indoors first next year or try some inside during the winter.

My cannas, and glads are beginning to bloom now. I have my perenials staggered so that I get tulips, crocuses, and daffodils early, then my amarilisses, and a little later irises, then my yuccas and tiger lilies, then my rose of sharons, and then my cannas and gladiolas, then my crepe myrtles, and so on.

I have lots of lady bugs and earth worms here and not many pests. Good luck everyone.

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7/12/11 9:35 A

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JERIBERI1 - my sister lives in NKY, in the Independence area. We are down there often to visit.

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7/12/11 9:17 A

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Welcome!

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Hi, welcome to the team.
Crushed eggshells on the soil around the pants help with the slugs.

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Caterpillars and slugs just love broccoli and cabbage! We always just pick them off.

btw, I live about 90 minutes SE of you in Kentucky. My daughter lives in Northern Ky and works in Cincinnati. We're practically neighbors ;-)

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7/11/11 11:29 P

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7/11/11 9:24 P

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I use that strategy too. It's drawback is if you neglect a day or two or go on a week vacation those caterpillars can do a lot of damage FAST.

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7/11/11 9:08 P

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Hello everyone! I have been gardening flowers for about 6 years since we moved into our house. And I started a vegetable garden two years ago and loving it!! I have already more than tripled my vegetable garden this year, but I don't think I can get it any bigger at this time due to my yard space. :( I am following the square foot gardening idea to utilize as much space as I can. I also have a worm compost bin and a spinning compost bin. I am glad to find an organic gardeners team on SP, since most people I know give me that "OH...." look IF and when I talk to them about composting and my worms and worm tea and gardening! :) LOL
I had a friend suggest that I spray my vegetables since I was having caterpillars on my broccoli plants & eating them. No thanks. Instead, my daughters and I would go on a caterpillar hunt each day and move them to a "new home" (aka... my neighbors overgrown yard!) The caterpillars weren't harmed and my broccoli survived just fine!

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