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This is my second year doing SFG (or any type of gardening, for that matter). I didn't get much harvest last year, other than learning a ton. This year is going better, but I've hit earwig season, which is one of the things that took me down last year. We have a TON of earwigs. I set out some traps (rolled newspaper...total fail. little cans of vegetable oil...worked great) but when I go out at night to check things, my plants are still covered with the little buggers. My traps are quite full in the morning, but I fear that the earwigs are only going for a swim after they've had their fill of my plants. Any suggestions for what to try next? All of my boxes are raised up off the ground, if that makes a difference. We're headed out of town next week and I fear that my garden will be devastated after several days of me not being there to tend to it unless I can get this under control in the next few days.
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It's been a HARDcore bug season. There was a HUGE earwig that crawled out of my daughter's left over birthday cake. EWWWW. Needless to say, I dumped it in the trash along with mr. mack daddy earwig. My garden...it's being devoured. I can't get too upset because I have not done any real pest control. I feel like the broccoli is a loss, regardless at this point, and it seems like they've sort of slowed down enough for me to get on top of it in a couple days. It's depressing me though, like it's a losing battle.
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I'm going to try to start picking bugs, but I don't know that I can keep up with it. The big vining plants are starting to grow into each other. It's not an impenetrable jungle yet, but it's getting that way....
Bacon greese and terriers.... but the boys like that I need some bacon drippings at night.@Megan wrote:*Envisioning the cat(s) who are raiding her catnip, getting into the tuna oil* Oh, this ought to be interesting!
Deborah.... getting a little sick of tuna salad
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@Lavender Debs wrote:
Bacon greese and terriers.... but the boys like that I need some bacon drippings at night.
Deborah.... getting a little sick of tuna salad
Ander has a FINE recipe for skillet cornbread which uses bacon drippings. We had some last night (and the rest for breakfast!) Oh, wait... that uses up bacon drippings, doesn't produce them. Nevermind....
I've had a few earwigs but not too many so far. I had never seen these things in FL so they're new to me and I hate them! LOL. Insecticidal soap seems to kill them for me. For those that are using DE, where are you finding it? Thanks.
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@SFG in Chicago wrote:I've had a few earwigs but not too many so far. I had never seen these things in FL so they're new to me and I hate them! LOL. Insecticidal soap seems to kill them for me. For those that are using DE, where are you finding it? Thanks.
I got my DE in a feed/supply store... and I had to ask around a bit even then, because the first person I asked had no idea what I was talking about. Good luck!
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