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Thanks. There are too many weeds in the yard for the small spray bottles. Guess I will just have to cover or block things to the garden plot and the area next to the garden use the vinegar. I am hoping I can use the vinegar in the dog run and get it to kill enough that the weed eater can handle the rest. The gate is too narrow to get a mower in there. Neighbor suggested we tip the run or move it, but the weeds have hold of that so tight that we can't move it at all. I haven't wanted to use poisons anywhere back there, but a quarter acre of total weeds is just too much.



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Vinegar works bet on broad leafed weeds. Hot sunny days also improve its effectiveness. If you are using vinegar, don't worry about covering the garden soil since the way it works is to dry the leaves of the plants. If you spray really heavily it might temporarily lower the PH of your soil. but a heavy rain or 2 or heavy watering will dilute it an wash much of it away.

As for the lawn areas if you are wanting to use vinegar, a hand sprayer, squeeze sprayer where you can just spray individual weeds may work.

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I am back with questions. Might not fit the "gardening" but does anyone know an herbicide that will kill the weeds and not the grass that is not toxic? I have the vinegar/dawn stuff to put where I don't have to worry about grass, but my lawn is large and completely full of weeds. Also, if I cover my garden with plastic (not planted yet), will that protect it from the spray I put on the weeds? I am thinking I can use the vinegar mixture for a couple feet around the garden to help protect it from the spray. I don't have a dry spreader, so have to use the spray on a hose type or the big sprayer I got, but I only want the vinegar mix in that new sprayer. I still want to grow my veggies organically.

Just read where people are having a lot of rain. We had a downpour yesterday and expecting rain today (they say worse storm) and tomorrow with my neighbor hoping to turn the garden this weekend. I haven't been able to pull the weeds and stuff from it yet, so the plastic cover will be for keeping it dryer, too.



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Diatomaceous earth does work. You can mix it with water and spray it on so that it sticks to the backs of the leaves where the squash bugs like to hide. I had a really bad problem with squash bugs a couple of years ago and you really have to stay on top of it or they will kill the plants, so daily spraying and squishing the eggs can make a big difference.

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I have finally retired. I want to have a garden again. I quite a couple years ago because of a problem with squash bugs. I was not sure spraying with dish soap was Organic. Is that okay or is there something better? Would diatomaceous earth work?

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Thank you. I have some jalapeno that are red on the plants, but I doubt if the seeds are any good. They didn't grow very good. My Anaheims were picked green and are now red. Last year's I forgot and they just dried while lying on the stove. Maybe there are seeds at the garden shop, though.



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Peppers usually need to be ripe (with Anaheims, that is usually red) before the seeds are viable, Also many vegetables are hybreds which do grow true to the original plant. if the seeds are ripe enough to grow, you will probably get some sort of Anaheim pepper but not exactly like what you got last year. Also, they might have cross pollenated with the jalapeno that you grew.
Regardless it won't cost you much to give it a try. Be sure to store the seed in a cool dark dry place4.

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I was cutting up an Anaheim pepper today and wondered if those seeds are good to keep til next year and start cuttings with. I took them out and put them in a Baggie. I can get the plants from Denver Urban Gardens through the recreation center, but only 2 and 2 jalapeno plants, which sure didn't give me many peppers (5 total). Thought I might be able to start some inside and have more plants.



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You can root basil in water but with most plants do better if you root them in soil. To do this, get some rooting hormone, take cuttings about 4-6 inches long, remove lower leaves moisten the end and dip in the rooting hormone then make a hole in the soil with a pencil and place the cutting in the hole and firm soil around it and water. Place a plastic bag over it and set on bright location(but not in direct sun). The cuttings should root in 2-3 weeks.

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I saw a program recently that talked about hydroponics for growing things inside. I guess you would need grow lights for that, though, too. They say that you can use organics for that.

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I just checked my planted outdoor basil.

The stems are brown, but there is one nice-looking small leaf at the bottom. Think it could be regrowing.

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The kind of greenhouse you described is only meant to extend the growing season by a few weeks in the spring and fall. Even the larger sturdier greenhouse need a source of heat during the winter, especially at night.

If you have south facing windows in your house or are willing to use grow lights, you can frequently grow some things indoors in the winter, Herbs will usually grow well indoors. Its hard to grow enough lettuce or spinach etc inside.

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Tht is something I was going to ask about, although every time I have tried my basil has died inside. I have 4 large plants. Can't remember what the ones in the garden are, but the two in a pot near the house are sweet basil. If you cut them off, will they root? They are always showing to just put fresh basil (not the plants with roots) in a jar with a plastic bag over them and they will last months.



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As long as there are roots, you can put it in the ground. Basil is an annual though, so it will be killed by frost. However, you can put it in a pot and grow it inside in a sunny window. Pinching off the top growth allows it to become nice and bushy (and use the pinched off ends in cooking). If it is really tall, you can always cut it back (probably by half). If you don't need all the basil, you can either put the stems in water on the kitchen counter out of the sun and it should last about a week or so - as long as you remember to change the water every other day. You can also dry them to use later, by tying the ends of several stems together and then hanging them upside down (again, best to keep them out of direct sunlight). Once the leaves are dry, just strip them off the stems and store. It's best to store them as whole leaves, and just crush them as you use them. That way they retain more of the oils and flavor.

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Can I regrow basil? I received the entire plant in my CSA box. Instead of putting it in water, can I put it in the ground?

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I have a small greenhouse (the kind with the metal frame and plastic covering. It's about 3 feet by 3 feet by 4 feet high, and would like to grow spinach or some other "greens" in it this winter. Do you have any suggestions as to what I could grow?

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Most cool season vegetables, the ones you usually plant in early spring, can be planted in the fall. That includes lettuce, spinach, radishes. Since the soil is warmer this time of year, the seeds usually germinate faster than they do in the spring and since the weather usually starts cooling off you can plant them in late August.

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What kind of veggies can I plant in Niagara Falls in the fall???

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Does anyone have very much experience with mondo grass? I am thinking about replacing San Augustine in a big shady section on my lawn with mondo.

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Cayenne pepper whether flakes or powder deter most mammels.

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I may have to try that too. Something has been eating my cauliflower and broccoli. No green cabbage worms in sight (I checked under ALL the leaves, and no worm 'dirt' either), but I've got holes and some tops of the leaves actually look chewed off. Have to check to see if rabbits like brassicas.
Also need to buy more MVP (like BT, get it from Gardens Alive) to spray for the cabbage worms, as I'm out of it.

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Great info and will look for the red pepper flakes

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Thank you for that information. I will go get some of that.



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Our problem is wandering cats and moles/gophers. Since the veggie beds are fenced away from my two four-legged children, I sprinkle red pepper flakes over the surfaces. Birds love the flakes and leave the veggies alone; the other critters do too but for different reasons. Big bottles of flakes are cheap at the dollar store and last through most of the pest season.

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A spray made by grinding 1-2 hot peppers in a blender full of water then letting it steep for a few hours and straining will help eep mot mamals away from your veggies & fruit. You will need to re spray regularly.

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Oh, I wonder if that is what is helping eat my garden. I haven't got the netting up over it yet. My dad used to grow really nice gardens and thought the squirrels were getting his tomatoes. Nope. It was my Dachshund. She just loved the veggies and berries she could get to. Never had a raspberry when she was around.

I lost my raspberry plant this year, but I am noticing the wild plant next to the old hedge looks like raspberries. So I am wondering if I can safely leave that there next to the patio and just let it grow up. I might have to do something to keep them contained there. Down by the garden I seem to be starting a catnip farm, too. Currently outside the garden fence. Maybe I can package it and sell it. I have to trim back the trees there because this year they are shading most of the garden. Rats. That is the only place in the yard that I can get any sun at all for most of the day other than the front yard where I am sure the neighbors would complain. I do have thyme growing out front, though.



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I wanna talk SQUIRRELS! Well, I've been asking Mr. Google how to deal with them, and he suggests trapping them and driving them at least 10 miles away. Ok, so that's what I did with the other 3 I caught...I left them in a lovely wooded area...I'm sure they LOVE their new home because they have not been back here, although I'm also sure they are missing my apple tree!!!

So, now there is one young black squirrel left who is intent on noshing on my apples.... I've set out some tasty peanuts for him, hoping to entice him with my lovely treats (it works for my grandkids!)

I'll let you know how it goes!

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I didn't realize that Home Depot and the like had the DE. I've never seen it at ours, but not thinking they would have it I never checked. Thanks for posting that.

Turning away from vegetable gardening for a bit, does anyone know what to do for rust on roses or mildew on roses? With all the rain, my one bush looks simply awful. I was told to use sulphur powder and also to take off the leaves with the rust on them. Of course, if I take off those, there isn't anything left unless I leave the top half that keeps falling over because they are so tall and spindly.



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Excellent, thanks for the info

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I got my DE at Home Depot - bought a 4 pound bag. So if you have one of those or a Loews, Menards, or other store like that around, you may be able to get some there.

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ok, Monday I'll make it my mission to find some...don't know where to start looking b/c my local garden centre closed....sad....

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Agree with the diatomaceous earth and you can make it liquid too by adding a tablespoon to a quart of water and shake well, let us know it it works

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If the bugs jump, then they could be flea beetles. The damage they inflict is usually just cosmetic - they go after the leaves. Unless the infestation is really bad or the plants are just seedlings.

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Are they crawling? If they are crawling maybe diotamacious earth (sp?) around the ground? There is also an organic insecticide (not sure what it has in it) from Happy Frog. I haven't heard about the rhubarb or vegetable oil and detergent. I have tried the dish detergent and water, but it didn't do anything for mine. I've also tried peppermint essential oil and water, but around here the bugs, spiders and mice all like peppermint, unlike what they all say about them.

I have a soaker hose in my garden and have redone it several times to try to get everything watered really well. Turns out that it isn't working to get to all the plants, so I need to put another one down there. I have one of those faucet dividers that I will use on the hose and put another soaker on. Sure hope that will work. Then I have to be careful where I put sprinklers so I don't get water on top of the plants. If my sprinkler system would work it would be easy because I could turn off the zone that comes from the corner by the garden.



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It's BUGS! Little black bugs! They are in my eggplant, peppers and now beans! I'm sure they are in my raspberries tooo but I need new glasses and can't see them. lol

now what??? now what??? I heard if I boil rhubarb leaves, strain and spray? how about that. Or I also heard of a concoction of vegetable oil and dawn dishwashing detergent.

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Oh, thank you. I planted some of the seeds this evening and put the fertilizer in with it. Also put some fertilizer around the other plants since one has gotten a little more dead. I have about half of a plant left. I also planted my replacement plum tomato. This one is a lot larger than the others were, so hopefully it will keep growing. I don't know why those died and the others I got from DUG are doing fine, but I might have used a little too much epsom salts even though I covered it up with soil before planting. I just read about that this year and couldn't remember exactly how much. Probably won't remember anything about it next year.



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Most squashes and melons don't like to have their roots disturbed once they are planted. So, if you want to get a head start on them, you can plant them in containers that you can plant into the ground. Peat and fiber pots work well as well as the one you can make out of newspaper. You can also use toilet paper rolls. Just be sure on any of them that you do not leave any of the pot above the soil line, either plant it deep enough to cover the top or peel back the upper part. If you leave it above the soil it will wick moisture away from the plants.

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I get seeds and seedlings from the Denver Urban Gardens in the spring. Then will get some seedlings at the Garden center when my started seeds don't make it. Today was the first time anyone told me that squash doesn't like to be transplanted very much (I keep losing some) and I should start from seed directly in the garden. So I got spaghetti squash seeds to start this late in the year. I hope I can get something. I did get some more organic fertilizer for the garden so maybe I can get something usable from the squash and pumpkin plants, cucumber, cantaloupe and peppers. I am not so worried about the tomatoes this year since I finally got quite a few last year. I just hope I get some of that spaghetti squash so I can have some spaghetti this year.



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I hadn't heard that about the DE before. Guess that will help my potted basil. Around my house the bugs are not repelled by basil, but attracted to it. I also planted some by the tomatoes, so I hope that will help them both. I am thinking that my peppermint might be having problems with too much moisture, too. We have had a very wet spring, too, and starting to have storms again. Very unusual for this area (Colorado) to have as much rain as we have been getting.

I got a new plum tomato to replace the ones I lost. I don't know if I can still plant a spaghetti squash. I have been trying to find one, but it is hard.



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Sandi not sure if you know but you can upload images now. That could help with troubleshooting problems. But usually yellow plants means over watering. And the solution is a good drainage. You can add things such as granular DE to absorb the water so your soil mix does't get soggy. I use DE as a seed starting medium similar to hydroponics and it can hold quite a bit of water without suffocating the plants.

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From what you and others have said, you've had a lot of moisture there so root rot might be the problem, especially for things grown in containers outdoors. Try to let the soil dry out as much as you can and only water when the soil is dry past at least 1 inch deep. An easy way to test that is to insert your finger in the soil to at least the first knuckle, if it still feels dry then water. Do NOT let water stand in saucers under the pots. If it is root rot and it has not progressed too far, let the soil get dryer may let the plants recover. If the plants don't recover and you decide to replant be sure to mix plenty of organic matter, like compost, into the soil. That will help keep the soil loose and let it drain better.

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What area of country do you live in? Here in Missouri, we have had a very wet spring with cool temps than normal. That kind of weather can easily lead to root rot and possibly other problems.

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I grow my peppers, beans and eggplants in boxes...and they all look terrible this year. The leaves are turning yellow and dropping off. Do you think those weevils are in the boxes too?

Any suggestions to save this year's crop?

Oh yes, and my raspberries look terrible too, although there are some berries on them.

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okee dokee...I'm movin' on to Plan "B"!

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I would try the habanero peppers they are one of the hottest and make sure that you wear gloves too

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Hot peppers help discourage most mammals.

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I think I need to try something like that. I have had 1 1/2 tomato plants eaten, 1 cabbage, 1/2 pumpkin. I have about a 3' fence around and the rabbits still get in.



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You can make a spray out of hot peppers. Grind up a hot pepper in water in a blender, then pour it into another container. If you leave it in the blender it will flavor anything you put in the blender for a while afterward. Let it steep for a couple of hours. Strain out the pepper and pour the water into a sprayer. Spray the plants you want to protect. You will have to respray after rains.

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the minute that you remove the one squirrels another will move in it place. I think that I heard that hot pepper will keep them off you plants.

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Relocating squirrels sounds like a losing battle to me. Squirrels have a large enough range that even if you get the ones that frequent your yard the most, others will just move in.

As far as the baby apples go, if the tree had a good fruit set this spring, the tree could just be dropping some of the apples because there is more fruit on it than it caneasily support.

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I started "re-locating" squirrels this year. So far I've taken 3 to new woodsey homes far, far away and thought I was done. Last night we had company for supper and the gentleman was facing the window where he watched 2 young squirrels scamper along the top of my fence....directly toward my apple tree. No wonder there are baby apples all over the ground every morning! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....back to relocating!

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You can also put some beer out in a small shallow pan and they will go of it too. Not sure why slugs go for the beer but it gets them

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Thanks for the suggestions! !!

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Sounds like you are having lots of different problems with those berries.

For the slugs crush eggshells and sprinkle them on top of the soil.

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A final word about my poor, doomed strawberries.... So 2 days ago I found little piles of semi-ripe strawberries in the corners of my growing areas. ????? I set a mouse trap and caught the fattest mouse I've ever seen (apparently critters CAN get fat on strawberries). So, between the root weevils, the slugs, the birds and now the MICE...oh my gosh, I'm thinking I should just give up!

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Thank you so much for the advice about my strawberry roots....SAD...I'M SAD..... Apparently strawberries are HARD for me to grow. I'm gonna try buying new plants next year and relocating them....

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Thank you. I don't remember if my cucumber is bush or vine (have to look). The main thing I want to control is the squash and pumpkins. Last year they climbed through my little fence and all over the yard. Also up the grape vine.

I finished planting today and have some more space for something, just not sure what. There wasn't much left at Country Fair and the other close place doesn't have very good plants anymore, at least not vegetables or things like that. Used to be the other way around. So I will have to go to someplace farther from me to see what I can find.

Does anyone know if marigolds will repel ear wigs? They are already back around here.



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Yep. Even old broomsticks would work (we use metal fence posts because we've accumulated so many over the years. Every fall hubby cleans them off with a wire brush and uses leftover spray paint on the ends to help prevent rust and to make it easier to pull out of the ground when we are cleaning up).

The main thing is that if you are using twine, the poles are supporting all the weight, so you have to make sure they are sturdy. The only drawback for making a tepee is you have to crawl under it to pick the cucumbers, since that's where they always seem to end up (at least that's what always happens to me). But at least it would be self supporting.
You can use wire instead of twine, which would be a bit more rigid and wouldn't tend and no risk of breaking like with twine.

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The metal fence posts and twine are a good idea. There are also a lot of things you can use as stakes that are very low cost or free, though they may not last as long as metal. Some place sell wood tomato stakes or you can make your own out of 1 by 2's, as long as they are not treated with toxic chemicals. I've also seen people use branches a couple of inches thick to support trellises. If you know someone who has bamboo, you can make tepees out of it by tying the tops together. With a little imagination there is a lot you can do on the cheap.

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If you have sturdy poles (we use metal fence posts), you don't even need to use fencing for the vines to climb on. You can just string twine between the posts (you may want to use a post in the middle too, depending on how long your row is). At the end of the season, just remove the twine and compost it along with the vines. Works great for pole beans, since trying to get the bean vines off the fence is a real pain!

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Well, guess I know about those weevils and raspberries now, since I looked at the article. Don't know if that is what killed the plant, though.



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I would like to trellis my vines, but don't have the money for much of a fence. I have some light-weight wire fencing that I put around the outside of the garden and used heavy plastic rods to hold it up. I wonder how I could make something to get the vines to grow up on. I do have another roll of lightweight fencing that is a little taller. Maybe would that work? I would probably need lot more of those rods, though. They are the heaviest duty that I found, but maybe in the main store they would have metal ones that would work better. My spaghetti squash is looking really bad with all the leaves dying, so I don't know if that is going to make it.

I have never heard of that happening with strawberry roots. Do they get raspberries, too? My raspberry just totally disappeared this year after I trimmed things back and pulled the weeds that got to it. A new one would cost $40 and doesn't give enough raspberries to worry about.



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On Powdery Mildew, to help prevent it, try to be sure tat plants that tend to develop it have plenty of air circulation which allows the leaves to dry faster when they are wet. On vining plants like cucumbers you can trellis them which helps and will take less room in the garden.

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You are probably having a problem with strawberry root weevils. Here are links to a couple of articles on controlling them.

www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/st
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wberry-root-weevil


homeguides.sfgate.com/strawberry-roo
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weevil-control-66687.html


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Oh and I have been battling powdery mildew for 4 years now on my cucumbers, zucchini and squash. Last year I basically harvested "none-of-the-above", so I'm thrilled to read about skim milk!

My nursery sold me some VERY EXPENSIVE spray for which you must not spray the edible parts of the plant. I used lots of little plastic bags and sprayed and sprayed but it still didn't work. Perhaps the plants not ripening any fruit was the universes' way of protecting me from that spray!!! lol

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My poor strawberries! Closer examination has revealed that the roots have LOTS AND LOTS of tiny holes through them....Any suggestions as to how I can get rid of whatever little bug is devouring them????

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I don't know about he powder milk. You could give it a try and let us know. Since you're suppose to dilute the skim milk, I would use twice the water in the dry milk to make the spray


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