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8/7/13 8:06 P

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Interesting about the radishes. I am doing that this year, but not so much on purpose!

I intersperse my veggies with herbs, marigolds and other flowers, in both warm and cool colors. I also plant onions, garlic and hot peppers all around the garden. This year the thing that seems to be attracting bees like crazy is sunflowers. I have a 4 x 7 block of full-sized sunflowers, plus two smaller blocks of ornamental sunflowers which are pulling in tons of huge, fuzzy bees.

I've never had big problems with pests with this strategy. This year my garden plot is nearly 400 square feet--much bigger than I am used to--so I was anticipating bigger pest challenges, but it hasn't happened. Not yet at least!

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6/3/13 10:11 A

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Very interesting. I will try that. I planted some icicle radishes a couple of days ago. I will leave some of them to attract good bugs and try the pods. Thanks.

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3/4/13 4:11 P

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Gabby - how is the book turning out? Are you finding it useful and full of tips?

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2/6/13 1:11 P

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Thanks for the tips Gabby and sharjopaul.

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2/6/13 8:47 A

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I've seen some information that if you put a fow cover over your squash early in the season and leave it until after the squash bugs usually lay their first roud of eggs, it will at least greatly reduce the problem.

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2/5/13 11:46 A

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The book I ordered from Amazon "The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control" (what a mouthful) was just delivered yesterday afternoon. I plan on looking at it later today so if I find anything usefull I will let you know!

I read that it was the white icicle radish flowers that deterred the squash bugs and since I only have a problem with borers not the other squash bugs, maybe the type and color of the radish does matter! I plant a couple around ever hill and in among my cucumbers (I don't get cucumber beetles either). Which reminds me that I need to get another packet of seeds - guess that I should have tried saving some.

I'll let you know if the book has any other tips...






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2/5/13 11:30 A

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Gabby:

Make sure the pods are young and seeds have formed. If anything, pick them a bit early to start, then just experiment. If nothing else, you should have a bunch of good bugs show up.
I haven't tried the white radish pods but the red ones taste just like the radish and you get a whole bunch of them.

The squash bugs and vine borers are the bane of my gardening experience.

Anyone have an organic way of getting rid of them? The beneficial wasps help with the borers, but the squash bugs (short of picking them off) I have a terrible time with.

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2/5/13 10:39 A

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Jim thanks for the info - I always plant icicle radishes in my squash hills and let them go to seed, but I didn't know I could eat the pods - I'll taste them this year!

I plant herbs amongst my vegetables and in around my flowers. They either attract beneficials or deter bad bugs. I plant parsley and chives around my roses and have never had an aphid problem.

The only bugs I can't seem to deter are Japanese beetles and Squash vine borers.






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Thanks for the info.

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2/5/13 6:51 A

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2/4/13 6:45 P

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We always gobble our radishes...great thought to try (apart from being allergic to wasps, living this far out means a 60-90 minute trip to the ER). Still worth trying radish pods!

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2/4/13 5:55 P

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beneficial bugs to my garden is:

Plant common buckwheat. In addition to improving your soil it attracts the beneficial wasps and flies.

Let a few of your radish plants go to seed. The flowers attract all sorts of beneficial including the Big Bad Assassin Bug ( at least until the mud dobbers find them). Be careful tho, they bite! and it hurts! But worth it. When the radish seed pods form and are plump and young, eat them, pod and all. They taste just like the radish and you get about a hundred of them on each plant.

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