Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td][table style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"][tr][td align="left"][/td][td align="left" background="http://i32.servimg.com/u/f32/14/92/49/47/ndtzf410.gif" bgcolor="black"][/td][td align="left"][/td][/tr][tr][td align="left" bgcolor="#000000"][/td][td width="390" height= "" align="left" bgcolor="#000000"]
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][td align="left" bgcolor="#000000"][/td][/tr][tr][td align="left"][/td][td align="left" background="http://i32.servimg.com/u/f32/14/92/49/47/k39hxs10.gif" bgcolor="#000000"][/td][td align="left"][/td][/tr][/table]
[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Hello from SE Michigan
by countrynaturals Today at 11:33 am

» Jaffa's garden - year one
by Turan Today at 10:57 am

» Worm Tube?
by TNGeezer Today at 9:37 am

» Volunteer Lettuce?
by TNGeezer Today at 9:23 am

» Geezer's 17
by TNGeezer Today at 9:14 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 8:54 am

» Ants.
by TNGeezer Today at 8:52 am

» Old roots
by CapeCoddess Today at 8:31 am

» Carrot Week 2017!
by CapeCoddess Today at 6:43 am

» New England April 2017
by CapeCoddess Today at 6:39 am

» to solarize, or not...I'm torn
by dstack Today at 6:01 am

» Pallet Wacking
by sanderson Today at 3:13 am

» Sub Irrigation Planter
by sanderson Today at 3:07 am

» EWWWWW.........bugs and stuff...good or not so good?
by sanderson Today at 2:54 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in April 2017?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:31 pm

» April 2015: What to plant in No. California/Central Valley area
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Yesterday at 8:22 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by TNGeezer Yesterday at 7:17 pm

» garden ready need better weather
by TNGeezer Yesterday at 7:09 pm

» N & C Midwest: April 2017!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 5:58 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Yesterday at 5:52 pm

» Mel's Mix shows it is worth its weight in gold
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:10 pm

» An excellent read for those with Diabetes
by RoOsTeR Yesterday at 2:33 pm

» Please comment on the plant layout for 2017
by TNGeezer Yesterday at 9:06 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by TNGeezer Yesterday at 8:57 am

» cucumber beetles
by BeetlesPerSqFt 4/23/2017, 7:48 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals 4/23/2017, 6:06 pm

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by Greenbeard 4/23/2017, 5:09 pm

» First of the Season
by newbeone 4/23/2017, 4:49 pm

» 2017 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC
by Turan 4/23/2017, 1:22 pm

» Has anyone tried 13 per square?
by Turan 4/23/2017, 12:04 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Darn Bugs!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Darn Bugs!

Post  floyd1440 on 5/27/2012, 8:30 pm

Here is what I found in my garden.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?



q=pill+bugs&id=E002EFF2FDDD75BC3FD747CC33C1B6AF2308E4C8&FORM=IQFRBA#x0y0

Now I went to Tractor Supply and got this diamotic earth, probably speled that wrong, but will that take care of them or will they constantly continue to lay eggs throughout the season?

avatar
floyd1440

Male Posts : 796
Join date : 2011-06-21
Age : 63
Location : Washington, Pa. Zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Darn Bugs!

Post  camprn on 5/27/2012, 10:34 pm

Once the plants get larger the pill bugs should become less of a worry. Hang in there.

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14101
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Darn Bugs!

Post  floyd1440 on 5/28/2012, 3:26 am

@camprn wrote:Once the plants get larger the pill bugs should become less of a worry. Hang in there.

Still haven't figured thse creatures out. Planted my brocolli, cabbage, cauliflower early from transplants and they seem to be uneffected but will have to wait until they are done to see if they have been eating the stem or roots.

What I hve grow from seed late this spring has taken quite a beating. Lost all my beans and most of my spinach. Being to late to replant spinach I just replanted the pole beans but the ones I removed were quite abused as their stems were almost chewed in two and a few were cut off completely. They are very destructive to young plants as you mentioned but I wonder how much they may have damaged my larger plants?

avatar
floyd1440

Male Posts : 796
Join date : 2011-06-21
Age : 63
Location : Washington, Pa. Zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

diatomaceous earth

Post  asilcox on 5/28/2012, 3:22 pm

I put some diatomaceous earth in my garden, too.

I went away for the weekend and came back to an infestation of cabbage worm (I think). I picked them all off, but put down DE, too. It might be too late (really, the cauliflower leaves look like lace, now), but I thought it was worth a shot...

I also sprinkled about a 6 inch border around the gardens, too.
avatar
asilcox

Posts : 34
Join date : 2012-03-25
Location : Eastern Shore, MD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Darn Bugs!

Post  floyd1440 on 5/28/2012, 7:58 pm

@asilcox wrote:I put some diatomaceous earth in my garden, too.

I went away for the weekend and came back to an infestation of cabbage worm (I think). I picked them all off, but put down DE, too. It might be too late (really, the cauliflower leaves look like lace, now), but I thought it was worth a shot...

I also sprinkled about a 6 inch border around the gardens, too.

Went down today after putting some diatomaceous earth over my entire garden yesterday and could not find one today but rarely see them unless it rains,

Has it effected your transplants too? My concern is they may go after the roots of my plants but my brocolli, cabbage, and cauliflower seem to be doing fine but as I mentioned earlier it hit everything I planted from seed.

It is organic so I can see no harm but I would like to put nothing on but think I got some bad compost last fall...hard to be sure though.

Keep me posted on how DE works for you and I will do the same

avatar
floyd1440

Male Posts : 796
Join date : 2011-06-21
Age : 63
Location : Washington, Pa. Zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Darn Bugs!

Post  asilcox on 5/29/2012, 5:31 pm

I will post back about the DE in a week or so - I just put it down yesterday, so it's too soon to tell anything.

I didn't dust the plants, except the cauliflower; I only dusted the soil. And I was careful not to put DE close to any flowers, since it will also kill bees, and I definitely don't want to do that!
avatar
asilcox

Posts : 34
Join date : 2012-03-25
Location : Eastern Shore, MD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Darn Bugs!

Post  floyd1440 on 5/29/2012, 6:51 pm

I went down today to check for pill bugs as it had rained and they always seem to come the surface when either I water the garden or it rains.

All I found was small white balls, which is apperantly the defense mechanism the pill bug resorts to when you touch one of them. So I must conclude the DE is doing its work but will monter it to see if any more surface in the following days.

The bag I got at Lowes said they will be dead in 24 hours but the man there said I may need to reapply if they layed a bunch of eggs..
avatar
floyd1440

Male Posts : 796
Join date : 2011-06-21
Age : 63
Location : Washington, Pa. Zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Darn Bugs!

Post  asilcox on 6/3/2012, 4:26 pm

Floyd,

Bugs seem to be gone from my cauliflower plants, yay! The plants may or may not recover, but at least I have given them a fighting chance!

Also, I used the DE in my house to get rid of stink bugs - worked like a charm! I don't want to use too much of it in the garden because of the bees, so I will use a stink bug trap/bait/lure instead...they are a HUGE problem where I live, and they like tomatoes, so I am trying to be proactive without hurting the pollinators. Poor bees don't need any extra hurdles...
avatar
asilcox

Posts : 34
Join date : 2012-03-25
Location : Eastern Shore, MD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Darn Bugs!

Post  floyd1440 on 6/5/2012, 8:12 pm

I checked my garden today and could not find any pill bugs but it has been dry here and going to rain tonight so will check it tomorrow as they tend to surface after it rains or I water the garden.

So far so good and glad to know I keeps stick bugs away as they haven't been to bad yet but last year they were everywhere.

Good to know and keep me posted if you have to reapply DE

Shocked
avatar
floyd1440

Male Posts : 796
Join date : 2011-06-21
Age : 63
Location : Washington, Pa. Zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

diatomaceous earth

Post  asilcox on 7/6/2012, 10:46 am

Floyd,

The bugs are back. I applied a second dusting of the DE. I don't see the cauliflower plants making it, this year! I really don't want to use chemicals, but the cabbage worms seem to just keep coming back, so I may not have much of a choice...maybe next year I will buy and release some praying mantis? I have heard mixed results on that...but I worry about the DE - I don't want to get too close to anything that flowers, and accidentally harm any bees...
avatar
asilcox

Posts : 34
Join date : 2012-03-25
Location : Eastern Shore, MD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Darn Bugs!

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