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
» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in May 2017
by trolleydriver Today at 8:41 am

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Today at 8:08 am

» Tips for compost tumbler
by trolleydriver Today at 8:04 am

» Planting for the trellis
by trolleydriver Today at 7:58 am

» Strawberry protection
by AlwaysHotinFL Today at 5:56 am

» Watering System -- Finally!
by sanderson Today at 4:21 am

» Maritime SGFG 2017
by sanderson Today at 4:13 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Today at 3:54 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 3:35 am

» surprising results from soil test
by sanderson Today at 3:29 am

» New in Tennessee
by sanderson Today at 3:23 am

» Netting as Barrier
by sanderson Today at 3:20 am

» Bumble bees In Trouble
by sanderson Today at 3:08 am

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan Yesterday at 11:18 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Cajun Cappy Yesterday at 10:27 pm

» Using Eggshells for your garden
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 7:35 pm

» New England May 2017
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 6:12 pm

» Slugs and stuff
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 6:09 pm

» What region am I in now?
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 3:54 pm

» Get Moving!
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 12:14 pm

» Friday Rookie Topic: Edible Flowers
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:39 am

» The Thyme to Dye is Coming!
by SwampTroll Yesterday at 9:57 am

» N&C Midwest: May is here! 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:27 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:25 am

» Garden pics from S/W Illinois
by yolos Sun 21 May 2017, 4:57 pm

» Row Cover Material - garden blankets
by sanderson Sun 21 May 2017, 1:44 pm

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by Greenbeard Sun 21 May 2017, 12:22 pm

» Potato growing
by bigblue94 Sun 21 May 2017, 11:30 am

» Greeting from Mo!
by sanderson Sun 21 May 2017, 4:29 am

» Keeping bees
by IrishDigger Sun 21 May 2017, 3:47 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Something's eating my lettuce & ant ?s

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Something's eating my lettuce & ant ?s

Post  momvet on Tue 24 Mar 2015, 12:13 am

Hi - new to SFG and I am in a climate that gets hot pretty quick so I put in my lettuce (from seed) as soon as I could. The little seedlings sprouted about 10 days ago and were doing great. Lo and behold, yesterday morning I went out and half of them were gone! Some had leaves partially chewed and they were a few chewed off leaves lying next to the little stems. No bugs in sight. I put some little cardboard TP collars around the remaining ones and they were still intact this morning, but was wondering if anyone can tell me what it might be and how to prevent it. It's been a long time since I grew anything but transplanted tomatoes, but I remember in the past sowbugs eating my little bean seedlings. I don't think it's that, though. This new method keeps everything clean so not a lot of hiding places and the Mel's Mix stays fairly dry at the surface. I am also seeing a lot of ants using my grids as a "highway"; I have problems with ant colonies in my ground beds - do I need to worry about them making my beds a new home? I want to keep this organic.
avatar
momvet

Posts : 146
Join date : 2015-02-09
Location : Southern California

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Something's eating my lettuce & ant ?s

Post  sanderson on Tue 24 Mar 2015, 3:24 am

Ah, we forgot to tell you the official summer night time attire: bathrobe, flip flops and a flash light. Bathrobe may be substituted with boxers and tee shirt, or summer jammies or nightie. Flashlight may be substituted with a head lamp for advanced gardeners.

The creepies and crawlers come out to feed at night. Slug, snails and sow bugs are the most common. Try to catch a sow bug and they dive right down into the MM.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13734
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Something's eating my lettuce & ant ?s

Post  sanderson on Tue 24 Mar 2015, 3:40 am

Regarding ants in the Mel's Mix, I don't have the answer. I have Table Tops and the ants (Argentine) have already climbed up the legs, and I see them running along the frames. Check in the Search box for various ant control concoctions. Because I now have TT's, I am thinking about termite/ant poison. I have a cat (cats are super sensitive to any poison) so I haven't figured out how to do it. When all the beds were on the ground, I used old fashion perfumed baby talc. The newest baby powders are now made from cornstarch. tongue I found some older baby talc still for sale at The Dollar Store/99 Cent Store. I tried DE this winter in the house - so-so.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13734
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Something's eating my lettuce & ant ?s

Post  momvet on Tue 24 Mar 2015, 10:12 am

So you find the creepy crawlers and hand pick them? I am going to the 99 cent store today because I saw a video showing that they had quite a bit of gardening materials there, so will look for the talc. What about Neem? I have been reading about it.
avatar
momvet

Posts : 146
Join date : 2015-02-09
Location : Southern California

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Something's eating my lettuce & ant ?s

Post  AtlantaMarie on Tue 24 Mar 2015, 11:54 am

Yep.  Unless you have something to pick them up with... Hence the head-flashlight...  Laughing

I suppose you could use gloves or a paper towel or something...
avatar
AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4076
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 54
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

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

Back to top Go down

Re: Something's eating my lettuce & ant ?s

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