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Post  countrynaturals on 5/7/2017, 4:13 pm

countrynaturals wrote:Zukes are up!  cheers
YIKES! I can't even plant them yet this year.  Shocked
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/7/2017, 4:19 pm

countrynaturals wrote:CHIVES!  cheers Remember Charlie Brown and the football? Every year I buy a new pack of chives seeds, plant them carefully, and wait. Every year, nothing happens. Sad Every year I go to Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, & Shopko and try to buy a chives plant. Every year they have noneSad Today I had to go with son-in-law to drop off his car at the shop. RIGHT NEXT DOOR WAS MY FAVORITE NURSERY.  Shocked I had forgotten all about them, but who could pass up a sign like that?  Rolling Eyes I am now the proud owner of a $2.99 4" pot of CHIVES!  sunny I should never be chivesless again.  flower

I transplanted that little pot. It survived the winter, came back with enthusiasm, already been harvested once and needs another haircut already. Very Happy
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/17/2017, 11:46 am

Last night was our "final 40." All night time temps in the 50s+ for the rest of the season (I hope). Today is the big day to plant out all the babies I've been taking out every day and bringing in every night. I will be planting in the BTE: pattypan squash, straight neck squash, zucchini, spaghetti squash, 2 kinds of cucumber, & honeydew melon. Tomorrow I'll hit Walmart again for anything new. I lost all of my cantaloupes to spider mites, so I replanted seeds this morning, but that means no melons until August, so I will be looking for plants. geek
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Post  sanderson on 5/17/2017, 4:34 pm

Very Happy We will be 95*F in a couple days. What are you planting in the SFG?

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/18/2017, 12:06 am

sanderson wrote:Very Happy  We will be 95*F in a couple days.  What are you planting in the SFG?
I planted 11 Swiss chard plants and surrounded them with rings I cut from old plant 6-pack containers to protect them. My sfg is overrun with slugs and rolly pollies. I WILL NEVER COMPOST IN PLACE AGAIN. Nothing but dried leaves will go in there as mulch from now on and I am cutting off all lower leaves that might touch the ground. My baby peas, daikons, and corn salad are all gone. Sad Mad I'm also fighting cabbage worms, but that's another story. Evil or Very Mad
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Post  sanderson on 5/18/2017, 4:02 am

Sluggo Plus?? I know I sound like a broken record but it works.

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 5/18/2017, 12:00 pm

sanderson wrote:Sluggo Plus??  I know I sound like a broken record but it works.

If it's just slugs maybe plain Sluggo.  Sluggo plus contains spinosad.  Spinosad wipes out bee colonies really fast.  Granted with the pelleted format it may be a non issue however some studies show even spinosad residue can lead to colony collapse.

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Post  sanderson on 5/18/2017, 4:00 pm

You have a point.  If it's just the slug family, don't need Spinosad.  In CN's case, the roly polies are probably eating the tender terminal ends, so the Plus would take care of them, also.  I use SP judiciously. I never spray Spinosad. If I use Neem oil, it's in the late warm evening so it can dry by morning.

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/19/2017, 10:07 am

sanderson wrote:Sluggo Plus??  I know I sound like a broken record but it works.
Nope! I will win this battle naturally or remove the dirt for the chickens to "cleanse" and start over.

Putting a ring around my new chard didn't work completely . . .


. . . but I'm making progress with the grapefruit peels. Here they are protecting my baby kale. Luckily I have lots of rinds so I can change them out as needed. 
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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/19/2017, 11:46 am

I'm so glad you posted that photo of the rinds.  I couldn't figure out how to do it.  Have you tried all citrus rinds?  If so, are there any that don't work?  I have LOTS of oranges.
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/19/2017, 1:44 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:I'm so glad you posted that photo of the rinds.  I couldn't figure out how to do it.  Have you tried all citrus rinds?  If so, are there any that don't work?  I have LOTS of oranges.
I only tried grapefruit and cantaloupe. Next week I'll try lemons. watermelon should work, too.
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/19/2017, 1:47 pm

Today I planted 25 asparagus beans in used Jiffy Pellets. They will go into the sfg, but only after I get rid of the slugs and rollies, or I create a big enough rind barrier. Mad
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