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SHIRE33
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Oh, cool! I never noticed that before! Duh! :D I don't run spell check and I rarely add art emoticons, so I just never looked. Thanks!




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Thanks I'll check it out - I don't mind paying for shipping. I have a hard time finding organic products locally.

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Gabby, you might not be close enough to want to pay shipping for orders, but there's a company in Ohio with a really good online catalogue that explains what products are good for what problems. It's called Ohio Earth Food, in Hartville, near Canton, OH.

http://www.ohioearthfood.com

(I wish I knew how to post so that links are clickable.)

You will find something for fungus (powdery mildew) on there, and it's likely to be organic.


“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living on a small piece of land...” - Abraham Lincoln

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I was looking through Baker Creek yesterday and they have such wonderful winter squash. I have NEVER had luck with ANY kind of winter squash. If the bugs didn't get them the powdery mildew did. So this year I'm buying 2 rolls of floating row cover, Bt and I have no idea what to use for powdery mildew! I tried milk one year but that didn't work.






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Gotcha. Yep, bT would work great for those.


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Sorry I'm getting my squash bugs confused again - the Bt was recommended for squash vine borers which are my biggest problem.






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Floating row covers help. Bt won't do it, though. That's for caterpillars.




“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living on a small piece of land...” - Abraham Lincoln

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- St. Francis de Sales


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I just read another article on them - can't remember where, and it said to cover the plants with floating row covers and use Bt.






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There is a super expensive organic spray called Pyganic that is said to work. Also, some people swear by Safer insecticidal soap.




“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living on a small piece of land...” - Abraham Lincoln

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them--every day begin the task anew."
- St. Francis de Sales


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This was my first vegetable garden and I didn't know what I was doing. I saw the eggs but let them go because I didn't know what they were. I really had a hard time with them for the rest of the season. I'm not looking forward to them this year..... How do I stop them and stay organic?


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By the way, for anyone who grows shallots, you can do both a fall planting like with your garlic and you can also do a spring plating to harvest in the late summer/early fall.



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Good link, thanks for sharing that!

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Thanks. It looks like a very good site.

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Here is a link to an article about spring planting of garlic. harvesttotable.com/2009/01/how_to_grow_gar
lic/




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I am in Northern IN. We should have the same climate. I thought I heard it was planed in the fall. I had planned to ready up on it. I think I will try early spring this year.
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Around here (north central Ohio), people plant garlic around the autumnal equinox and start harvesting around the summer solstice. But you can still get nice green garlic by planting in the spring, or even some small bulbs. Depends on where you are.



“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living on a small piece of land...” - Abraham Lincoln

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them--every day begin the task anew."
- St. Francis de Sales


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I have never grown garlic. We love eating it. I will do it. I plant nasturtiums every year in the front flower bed, so my husband sees them when he comes into the drive. He likes orange flowers. I can add them to the garden bed.

Thanks...

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Thanks, I am going to plant some garlic this Spring even if I can't harvest it as long as the bugs stay away. I really really want a Rumba squash! emoticon






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In some areas, garlic can be planted in early spring, so you can plan your garlic & squash planting better. You might also check to see if other alliums (onions) will also help with squash bugs.



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I wouldn't go so far as to not plant them. Google companion gardening. I plant icicle radishes alongside my cucumbers and let them go to flowers. I think that deters them. I also plant marigolds near them and nasturtiums in between a few (my cucumbers are trellised). I do the same with the squash which is why I only have a problem with the squash vine borers, not the bugs. I read borers don't like garlic but I keep forgeting to plant it in the fall and I don't know in the fall where my squash will be in the Spring!






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ANNIE99100
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I have not been spraying with anything. I wonder if it would help if I skipped squash and cucmubers for a year.

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They are the bain of my gardening existence. They are the reason I'm often tempted to go non organic (not that I really would). I have tried EVERYTHING including pulling out those ugly sucking white creepy crawly things from inside the vines and then wrapping the injured vines up with stockings. If you spray you have to spray everytime it rains, which I don't like to do even if it is organic spray. I tried covering the vines with lightweight fabric this year and removing it when the flowers appeared so the bees could pollinate and that seemed to help. I rarely get any winter squash because if the bugs don't get them, the powdery mildew does!

Oooops my bad...I'm talking about squash vine BORERS!






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Thanks to you both. I have hope.




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This works. But imagine trying to keep up with it when you have 800 feet of vines planted. So I do try to at least get the ones on top of the leaves (though a lot are underneath). I also sprinkle diatomaceous earth around on the ground in the rows at least twice. I go on squashing squash bug patrol twice a day. If it gets particularly bad, I spray with an OMRI (organic) approved spray that has pyrethrin in it. But you have to actually hit the bugs for it to work.

Generally, I get 4-6 weeks of harvest before they win.


“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living on a small piece of land...” - Abraham Lincoln

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them--every day begin the task anew."
- St. Francis de Sales


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Here's a link to an article from Organic Gardening on control of squash bugs.

www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/te
chnique-organic-squash-bug-control




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We got infested last summer. I tried several suggestions, but I am not looking forward to spring. I can not imagine how many will appear.

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