Square Foot Gardening Forum

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.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Forum Poll: Social Media
by RoOsTeR Today at 9:18 am

» Butterfly Junction
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:59 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:30 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:08 am

» Cauliflower
by sanderson Today at 7:59 am

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by MrBooker Today at 6:44 am

» My Shreveport Garden 2017
by AtlantaMarie Today at 6:24 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Today at 2:56 am

» 2017 Burpee seeds are already on display at HD
by yolos Today at 12:49 am

» EMT Clips
by sanderson Yesterday at 6:51 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:24 pm

» Baker Creek's Seed Bank Store in Petaluma, CA
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:18 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:02 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by Kelejan Yesterday at 3:04 pm

» Making Smoothies
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:45 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by AtlantaMarie 1/20/2017, 8:18 pm

» Food Dehydrators
by sanderson 1/20/2017, 1:21 pm

» Green Ice Leaf Lettuce
by MrBooker 1/20/2017, 4:46 am

» New England January 2017
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:11 pm

» Gardening Australia
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:05 pm

» New Forum Feature
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 9:56 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by yolos 1/19/2017, 9:45 pm

» Hi from Acworth GA
by AtlantaMarie 1/19/2017, 9:40 pm

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 6:14 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson 1/19/2017, 5:46 pm

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by has55 1/19/2017, 3:32 am

» heirloom seed companies around a lot of the world
by ralitaco 1/18/2017, 10:58 pm

» What about ink on newspaper and cardboard for mulch?
by Scorpio Rising 1/18/2017, 9:23 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan 1/18/2017, 7:20 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 1/18/2017, 9:23 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Pesticides, fungicides, disease prevention, etc.

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Pesticides, fungicides, disease prevention, etc.

Post  BigTerp on 3/30/2015, 1:39 pm

Just a fairly general question about what everyone does to help prevent pests, control diseases and fungus in your SFG? Is this something that should be addressed after planting, or something you don't worry about until you notice a problem? Just curious if I should be proactive with my garden now before problems start to show up. FWIW, I'll be having the following in my SFG this year

peas
lettuce
spinach
onions
carrots
potatoes
beans
tomatoes
cauliflower (maybe)
broccoli (maybe)

Thanks!!

BigTerp

Posts : 46
Join date : 2015-03-03
Location : West Virginia

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pesticides, fungicides, disease prevention, etc.

Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/30/2015, 2:24 pm

Oh, yes...  LOTS of discussions about this.....

You may see comments about our nighttime hunting outfits for slugs, etc. - robes, slippers, head-flashlights... 

You might want to look thru the archives.  There are also some good websites that Camprn recommends. 

Camp, can you jump in here?  I can't remember them off the top of my head!

AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3924
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 53
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

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

Back to top Go down

Re: Pesticides, fungicides, disease prevention, etc.

Post  Windmere on 3/30/2015, 2:44 pm

BigTerp,

You are indeed going to find that we all use different pest control methods.  Perhaps one unifying element is that we all tend to use organic pest/fungus solutions.

The past two years, I have used a mixture of neem oil (a natural oil that comes from India) and peppermint soap on an "as needed" basis.  I've noticed that every year, white flies get into my seed starters because I put them outside during the day if it is sunny.  I prepare a very weak neem oil and peppermint soap (in water).  A spray of that immediately takes care of the problem.  The peppermint soap can work as a natural anti-fungal.

The other product I like to use is Bacillus Thurengensis ("Bt") for my tomatoes, and anything else that worms might like to eat.  I was surprised to find that it worked very well on my kale crops last year.  This substance only works in insects in the larva stage.  In a nutshell, it contains a naturally occurring soil borne organism.   After Bt spores are ingested by the larva, they produce chrystalline toxins as they grow and reproduce.  These toxins paralyze the digestive tract of the larva.  It stops eating and dies within about 12 hours to 5 days. 

Again, we are all different when it comes to this topic.  I try very hard not to use these products in a way that will adversely affect pollinators.

Windmere

Male Posts : 1425
Join date : 2013-02-26
Age : 48
Location : Fayetteville, GA - Zone 7B - 8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pesticides, fungicides, disease prevention, etc.

Post  yolos on 3/30/2015, 2:48 pm

Yes, definitely be proactive.  I don't know your environment, but we get early blight on tomatoes, Squash Vine Borer and squash bugs and powdery mildew on squash and pumpkins, caterpillers on brassicas, aphids on southern peas, Japanese beetles on beans, pickle worms and downy mildew on cucumbers.  Every year.  Be prepared and start investigating early before they/it find your garden.

yolos

Female Posts : 2910
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 67
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pesticides, fungicides, disease prevention, etc.

Post  Sponsored content Today at 11:13 am


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