Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 9:16 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by Scorpio Rising Today at 9:15 pm

» Butternut squash, turkey Italian sausage, cannelini bean soup
by Scorpio Rising Today at 9:12 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 9:10 pm

» Fourth Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 6:42 pm

» 2018 - First Annual Seed Swap Week - January 20-28
by Ginger Blue Today at 4:02 pm

» Gophers
by countrynaturals Today at 12:32 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by trolleydriver Today at 7:43 am

» SUGA 2017
by SQWIB Today at 7:09 am

» High heat tolerant tomatoes
by walshevak Today at 6:03 am

» Colored Mulch
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:36 pm

» Mid-Atl - Jan 2018 - Brrrrrrrrrr! and Happy New Year
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 6:43 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in January 2018
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:53 am

» New England Jan 2018
by hammock gal 1/13/2018, 5:50 pm

» My first Attempt
by 21Actual 1/13/2018, 5:05 pm

» Air Fryer! HELP!
by sanderson 1/13/2018, 3:26 pm

» New SFG box-Humanitarian way
by sanderson 1/13/2018, 3:24 pm

» Drafts?
by trolleydriver 1/13/2018, 1:18 pm

» Hello from Northern Ontario Eh!
by BeetlesPerSqFt 1/13/2018, 1:07 pm

» N&C Midwest—January 2018!!!
by Scorpio Rising 1/13/2018, 11:04 am

» January 2018 Avatar: Surprise Us
by sanderson 1/12/2018, 4:57 pm

» Review of Terms of Service
by Ginger Blue 1/12/2018, 4:02 pm

» DIY Plant Markers
by countrynaturals 1/11/2018, 7:32 pm

» Non flowering sugar and snow peas
by sanderson 1/11/2018, 3:21 pm

» has55's R & D Journey
by has55 1/10/2018, 11:19 pm

» California's Drought
by toledobend 1/9/2018, 11:55 pm

» Is there ever enough compost?
by newbeone 1/9/2018, 9:30 pm

» Trellis mod
by brianj555 1/9/2018, 9:19 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by newbeone 1/9/2018, 8:51 pm

» New Composter - Need Help Filling Correctly
by saganco 1/8/2018, 6:00 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Mites, Aphids, and Ants - HELP!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Mites, Aphids, and Ants - HELP!

Post  timwardell on 4/2/2010, 6:20 pm

Hey everyone,
trustingHim posted this in the Lower South regional forum but I'm putting a copy here so that she might get more help/answers/solutions.

I am a first time square foot gardener (well, any kind of gardener actually). I've been so proud of how my garden has been growing. I am pretty devestated that I have been finding aphids galore on my plants and what appears to be mites throughout my Mel's mix. The aphids have been attracting ants and I'm getting discouraged. I've used some soapy water several times on the aphids. They seem to love the newly sprouted peas and my eggplants. There are significantly lower amounts of the aphids, but these little buggers that I'm guessing are mites are crawling around everywhere.
Is there a place in the DFW area that sells ladybugs? I'd love to try to introduce them to my new found "friends."
What can I do to get rid of the ants before they try to take up permanent residence?
I would appreciate any help. Thank you!
Jennie
avatar
timwardell

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-03-02
Location : Frisco, Texas

View user profile http://www.timwardell.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Mites, Aphids, and Ants - HELP!

Post  choksaw on 4/2/2010, 7:01 pm

2 excelent sources for your battle against the nasties
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/general-sfg-talk-f5/all-about-bugs-t792.htm?highlight=all+about+bugs
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/general-sfg-talk-f5/garden-bug-idnetification-guide-t972.htm?highlight=bug+identification+guide

for a quick solution until you can get some benificials to make your garden home try Neem oil its the best organic bug killer i have found
avatar
choksaw

Male Posts : 459
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 43
Location : New Port Richey FL.

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mites, Aphids, and Ants - HELP!

Post  jerzyjen on 4/2/2010, 9:15 pm

I'm sure this is not really helping you, but if you need ladybugs you can raid my basement! Seriously, my indoor seedlings are covered with ladybugs almost to the point of infestation. There are literally hundreds of ladybug carcasses down there now, im waiting til everything goes outside before i sweep it up.

In all seriousness, you may be able to google buying ladybugs on the internet, i know you can buy butterflies on the net for weddings, don't ask me how they ship them alive but ive seen them. There may be a ladybug place... who knows.
avatar
jerzyjen

Female Posts : 210
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 41
Location : Burlington County, NJ - Zone 6b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mites, Aphids, and Ants - HELP!

Post  martha on 4/2/2010, 9:21 pm

If you buy ladybugs, make sure you find out before releasing them how to do so to encourage them to stick around. Ask me how I know it's important.
avatar
martha

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 60
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mites, Aphids, and Ants - HELP!

Post  jerzyjen on 4/2/2010, 10:19 pm

How do you know Martha?
avatar
jerzyjen

Female Posts : 210
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 41
Location : Burlington County, NJ - Zone 6b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mites, Aphids, and Ants - HELP!

Post  choksaw on 4/2/2010, 10:29 pm

Hey jen ever think of captureing them and putting them on ebay? lol you would need to over night ship them to ensure they are alive when they are sent there ways to force hibernation on them as well to make shipping easier
avatar
choksaw

Male Posts : 459
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 43
Location : New Port Richey FL.

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mites, Aphids, and Ants - HELP!

Post  trustingHim on 4/4/2010, 11:15 pm

I wish that I had a ladybug infestation! That would be nice. The aphids are not nearly as bothersome now. I think that the soap spray worked pretty well. I just had to keep checking frequently for them. The mites don't seem to have done any harm yet, so maybe they are beneficial. I guess only time will tell. I wouldn't know what mite damage would look like anyway. The ants have begun to build in one corner. I sprinkled cinnamon powder all around the perimeter of that bed. I read that ants hate the scent of cinnamon. I'll let ya'll know how that goes. I hope that it won't cause any kind of damage to the plants. We'll see...
Thanks for all of the advice everyone! It's so nice to get ideas from other gardeners!
avatar
trustingHim

Posts : 49
Join date : 2010-03-12

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mites, Aphids, and Ants - HELP!

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum