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
» New Forum Feature
by RoOsTeR Today at 7:58 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by yolos Today at 6:49 pm

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising Today at 6:14 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson Today at 5:46 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by yolos Today at 5:38 pm

» New England January 2017
by camprn Today at 5:29 pm

» Hi from Acworth GA
by runsamok Today at 4:37 pm

» Making Smoothies
by CapeCoddess Today at 4:05 pm

» 2017 Burpee seeds are already on display at HD
by MrBooker Today at 2:16 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by trolleydriver Today at 10:54 am

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by has55 Today at 3:32 am

» heirloom seed companies around a lot of the world
by ralitaco Yesterday at 10:58 pm

» What about ink on newspaper and cardboard for mulch?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:23 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan Yesterday at 7:20 pm

» Green Ice Leaf Lettuce
by MrBooker Yesterday at 4:28 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:17 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 10:22 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 9:23 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 8:13 am

» 2017 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC
by ralitaco 1/17/2017, 11:23 pm

» Gardening Australia
by IrishDigger 1/17/2017, 10:01 pm

» Daikon radishes?
by Scorpio Rising 1/17/2017, 9:49 pm

» Anyone want walking onions??
by Scorpio Rising 1/17/2017, 9:22 pm

» How much to plant?
by trolleydriver 1/17/2017, 2:48 pm

» January: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals 1/17/2017, 2:22 pm

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by sanderson 1/17/2017, 2:00 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals 1/17/2017, 1:49 pm

» Show us your kitchen compost container
by CapeCoddess 1/17/2017, 1:23 pm

» Some of our Gluten-free Cajun Recipes
by sanderson 1/17/2017, 12:34 pm

» Crop rotation
by sanderson 1/17/2017, 12:02 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Netting

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Netting

Post  Bart on 6/1/2016, 10:03 am

Hello Fellow Sufferers,

Well, it's getting to be that time of the year again when the scourge known as Japaneses Beetles make themselves known. I've tried traps, real bad idea. I've tried various chemical potions, not much good. So now, it's time to use netting to keep the little bastards from getting to my plants. So I need to ask, does anyone have a source for Japaneses Beetle netting?

Thanks
Bart

Bart

Posts : 115
Join date : 2015-04-17
Location : Troy, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 6/1/2016, 11:33 am

Hi Bart, Why were the traps a bad idea? (I haven't tried them so I'm curious.)

I've seen some people on here use tulle as a cover. Japanese beetles are pretty big, so tulle would stop them and I'd guess it would be both cheaper and more readily available than something branded as specifically for JBs. Others can say more about sizes/lengths and support structures for the tulle than I. Tulle would also block bees, but that might not be a problem depending on the plant -- what plants do your Japanese beetles go after? I only had a few on my squash and beans last year. Haven't seen any yet this year.

BeetlesPerSqFt

Female Posts : 541
Join date : 2016-04-11
Location : Port Matilda, PA Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  Bart on 6/1/2016, 11:44 am

I'm convinced that putting out the traps was like ringing the dinner bell. Every JB from miles around came by to sample the wares. Yes, I had them far away from the plants, but they still found them.

Bart

Bart

Posts : 115
Join date : 2015-04-17
Location : Troy, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  trolleydriver on 6/1/2016, 11:54 am

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:-- what plants do your Japanese beetles go after? I only had a few on my squash and beans last year. Haven't seen any yet this year.

Last year the JBs went after my pole beans, raspberry bushes and roses.

____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast

trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 2414
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/1/2016, 1:57 pm

Bart, that's EXACTLY what happened!

The secret is to give the traps to your neighbors (or their neighbors) to put up. That will draw the JBs to the neighbors & leave you alone.

I haven't seen any this year, but I usually don't get many...

AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 3913
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: Netting

Post  sanderson on 6/1/2016, 4:30 pm

Bridal tulle is fine enough to keep out a lot of bugs, even the good ones like lady bugs. Sad If you use netting, you may have to help pollination with certain plants. And make sure to seal the tulle tight.

____________________________

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

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12653
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  Bart on 6/1/2016, 6:49 pm

@sanderson wrote:Bridal tulle is fine enough to keep out a lot of bugs, even the good ones like lady bugs. Sad  If you use netting, you may have to help pollination with certain plants.  And make sure to seal the tulle tight.

Pollination and Lady Bugs. darn, there's always a trade off.......... silly me

Bart

Posts : 115
Join date : 2015-04-17
Location : Troy, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/1/2016, 9:10 pm

Hey Bart!  I feel your pain.  I have a regular smorgasbord going on with my pole beans on an annual basis.  Last year in my SFG it was unbelievably terrible.  The JBs would be in unscrupulous sexual positions on the plants, I would go out whenever and smack them off, they would flow around into hair, it is awful.  

However, in my unabashed hatred of them, I did study them.  I like to consider myself strictly organic.  They seemed to really prefer the new top growth tissue, all over the tops of the trellises. They were definitely concentrating on the new top growth. That is where I plan to use netting, still allowing for pollinators.

They also didn't care for the Ivory Soap spray that I made.  Didn't kill them, just a deterrent.  Also tried the hot pepper thing...no luck there.  Did not get any Dr. Bronner's soap, might try that this year. What I did use (but you have to be ultra diligent....not always easy) is shaved Ivory bar soap dissolved in water and squirted on the plants in the AMs. Cheap and harmless, and kinda worked.

I am planning to shield the top growth are with mesh, and use the soap....my plants despite the dang beetles produced heavily.  Kentucky Wonder Pole beans.  This year am planting a purple variety so I can see them!  And get to them earlier! Hopefully get to them before they get too big!

Keep us posted!  Hate those JBs.... Evil or Very Mad


Last edited by Scorpio Rising on 6/1/2016, 9:16 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Added info....)

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4024
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  yolos on 6/1/2016, 9:35 pm

I saw my firts JB of the season yesterday on my pole beans.

yolos

Female Posts : 2905
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 67
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/1/2016, 10:30 pm

Evil or Very Mad plan now.....they are terrible. However they don't kill the plant, but no mercy. Yuk


Last edited by Scorpio Rising on 6/1/2016, 10:32 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Had 3 evils....looked weird)

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4024
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  Bart on 6/2/2016, 6:15 pm

I spread Milky Spore on the lawn last fall. I'm waiting to see if has reduced the JB population.

Bart

Posts : 115
Join date : 2015-04-17
Location : Troy, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/2/2016, 6:56 pm

@Bart wrote:I spread Milky Spore on the lawn last fall. I'm waiting to see if has reduced the JB population.

Bart, I will be interested to hear how this goes for you, if you notice any reduction in JB population....how do you do the milky spore thing?

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4024
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  Mikesgardn on 6/2/2016, 7:13 pm

I've had them pretty bad on my raspberry hedge the last few years.  I just go out once a day and pick them off by hand and throw them into a bucket of soapy water.  It takes some time, but it does minimize the damage.

Mikesgardn

Male Posts : 206
Join date : 2010-03-09
Age : 54
Location : Elkridge, MD (zone 7a)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  Bart on 6/2/2016, 7:44 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:
@Bart wrote:I spread Milky Spore on the lawn last fall. I'm waiting to see if has reduced the JB population.

Bart, I will be interested to hear how this goes for you, if you notice any reduction in JB population....how do you do the milky spore thing?
I will let you know if I notice a reduction in the JBs...

I used the white powder form of the Milky Spore. The way you apply it is one table spoon placed on the ground every four feet. Then when you come to the end of one row, you move over four feet and start the next row. When you're done applying the powder your yard looks like a checker board. Apply it right before a rain. It needs water to soak into the ground.

Bart

Bart

Posts : 115
Join date : 2015-04-17
Location : Troy, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  Bart on 6/3/2016, 11:08 am

@Bart wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:
@Bart wrote:I spread Milky Spore on the lawn last fall. I'm waiting to see if has reduced the JB population.

Bart, I will be interested to hear how this goes for you, if you notice any reduction in JB population....how do you do the milky spore thing?
I will let you know if I notice a reduction in the JBs...

I used the white powder form of the Milky Spore. The way you apply it is one table spoon placed on the ground every four feet. Then when you come to the end of one row, you move over four feet and start the next row. When you're done applying the powder your yard looks like a checker board. Apply it right before a rain. It needs water to soak into the ground.

Bart
I made a mistake. I said tablespoon of powder, that is wrong. I meant to say teaspoon, one teaspoon of powder. Sorry for the mix up.

Bart

Bart

Posts : 115
Join date : 2015-04-17
Location : Troy, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Netting

Post  Sponsored content Today at 8:36 pm


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