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5/28/13 11:45 A

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Thanks, I thought of netting for the strawberries but not for potatoes but I'm sure it would work

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5/28/13 11:26 A

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Millie,

The only chemical free way I know of to control for potato bugs, or any other bugs for that matter, is using garden netting. A good garden net can keep out 90% of them. The rest that manage to get through you'll have to manually pick them off. Any decent flower and garden store will have netting. Target, Walmart, Kmart, or a local home and garden store should have what you need.


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5/28/13 10:59 A

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Thanks for the tip about the big stick in the bushes although I think I'll have my husband do that for me! We've also discovered we don't dare leave doors sitting open without screens on them as over the past three years we have caught three snakes in here, two of them copperheads! I used to live in Texas a few years ago, we were looking for a place out in the country until I opened the door of an abandoned shed and found a whole nest of rattlers. We decided we like our place in Arlington. Then we moved to Wi which is truly beautiful and doesn't have many snakes, just the harmless garter snakes.

I don't worry too much about chemicals as this is private land. We bought a house on 7 acres with a pond (thus the snakes) on a foreclosure sale. It's been a challenge but it's almost fixed up. Any good non cemical ideas for potato bugs on potato plants? We can hand pick them off the tomatoes but there just got to be too many on the potatoes.

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5/28/13 10:30 A

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I look forward to the many farms that allow the public to come and pick berries, grapes, tomatoes, and other great produce. There's something special about picking your own that makes it so much more enjoyable.

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5/28/13 10:27 A

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Millifred just take a big stick and shake it in the bushes before you walk anywhere where there are wild berries growing. You will know if there are any snakes around that way! Also please be care you do not pick any where they have sprayed unknown chemicals near them! Fresh wild berries are wonderful and well worth the hassle here in Texas! We go every year!

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5/28/13 10:01 A

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We also planted raspberries this year and of course there are wild blackberries and mulberries if you care to pick them and can brave the danger of snakes!

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5/28/13 8:45 A

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That's great Millie. Sometimes we have to make our own things in order to have the healthiest options. As someone who visits the south quite a bit, I do know the difficulties in maintaining a whole food, plant-based diet. Good luck to you with your garden. The blueberries and strawberries sound delicious.....my favorite fruits.

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5/28/13 7:31 A

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Hi, I'm Millie; I moved to the South about three years ago and have found it to not be the easiest place to obtain a whole foods or vegetarian diet. Gradually though I am finding solutions. We have planted a large garden for a good share of our vegetables, our property has several mature fruit trees and we have added blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries; Next will be grapes which grow very well in this state. My yard and garden provide all the exercise I can handle so I get the added benefit of fresh air, sunshine and vitamin D along with stretching, strength training and cardio all built into something I love doing! It really is a good life.

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