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Post by Raininapples » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:58 pm

@PA Anna Your garden is magic! <3 sigh.
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Post by PA Anna » Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:20 pm

@Raininapples It's not that magical right now :( It's man vs nature. We are experiencing a heat wave during the great Japanese Beetle invasion. My sister was chasing them off while I was trying to pick blueberries in 95 degree (realfeel 103) heat at 5:30 at night the other day. That is hot for my area.

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Look at that Japanese beetle brazenly eating my blueberry. They are also eating the leaves.

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The holes in the leaves are from the Japanese beetles munching away at the blueberry plants.

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They destroyed the leaves in the middle of the picture. Look at all of them!

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We keep killing them and more come. They become aggressive in the heat. They also transmit pheromones signaling other beetles to come and eat our plants. First time I've seen this since I lived in this area.
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Post by Raininapples » Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:25 pm

😳😧😭

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Idk if this will help....but something, right? ☹️

https://premeditatedleftovers.com/garde ... es-garden/

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Post by PA Anna » Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:22 pm

@Raininapples Thank you for the link. There are ideas that I can implement this year and early next year. Right now it looks like my best choice is to continue to pick them and drown them. We are netting the plants.
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Post by Pdxgirl » Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:39 pm

Does anyone know any tips for keeping snails away from squash plants? I tried coffee grounds but that doesn't seem to be very effective.

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Post by dotz » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:44 pm

@Pdxgirl I always consult Jerry Baker for stuff like this. Here is what he says about snails:
  • Go out after dusk when they’re feeding, and snatch them up with tongs, and drop them into a bucket filled with water and a cup of vinegar, rubbing alcohol, or ammonia.
  • Trap them by setting citrus rinds, cabbage leaves, or potato chunks among your plants (again, wait until dusk). In the morning, scoop up the traps, slugs and all, and toss them into your bucket of doom.
  • Keep them away by surrounding their preferred plants with a scratchy substance, such as ground eggshells, sharp sand, diatomaceous earth, wood ashes, shredded oak leaves, pine needles, or coffee grounds.
  • There are plenty of good baits that will lure slugs and snails to their death, including beer, grape juice, and a half-and-half mixture of sugar and cider vinegar. But even if your bait of choice is harmless to children and pets, you don’t want it disappearing into their mouths. To make sure that only slugs and snails can get to the stuff, round up some wide-mouthed pint bottles, like the kind many juices come in. Pour about an inch of bait into each bottle, then sink it into the ground so the top is just at ground level. The culprits will slither up to the edge and dive right in, but the beverage at the bottom will be beyond the reach of small, curious human hands and long canine tongues.
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Post by PA Anna » Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:37 pm

We pick them off by hand and drown them. We used to feed them to the chickens.

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Post by PA Anna » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:21 pm

I don't think my garden is going to make it. Too much rain and not enough heat.My tomatoes have blossom end rot for the very first time. Lack of calcium because of all the rain. I can't complain because central PA has been hit with devastating floods. I doubt the crops will survive there.

Here's a couple pics of pumpkins that I took last week.

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It's so tiny <3

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A slightly bigger one.

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Post by Raininapples » Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:32 pm

@PA Anna 😞 The flooding has been terrible!

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Post by PA Anna » Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:21 pm

We are going to plant our fall garden tomorrow. We are a bit late with it because of the rain. We also had our first tomato off the season today. <3
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Post by dotz » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:45 pm

@PA Anna I have a fall garden planned but was going to wait another week. What are you planting?
I'm thinking radish, chives, and spinach.

Currently tons of cucumbers, moderate green beans, a few daily cherry tomatoes, jalepeno, and green peppers. Failed zucchini and peas. They flowered giving me hope, then yellowed. Surprised anything survived the rain.

and what I thought was a cantaloupe plant is a pumpkin. Oops.
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Post by PA Anna » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:39 pm

Spinach, lettuce, carrots, maybe another crop of green beans.
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Post by PA Anna » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:29 pm

I doubt we are going to plant the fall garden. It keeps raining. Maybe spinach and lettuce using row covers. It cools down here starting in September.

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Post by LuckyJC » Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:58 am

Here's a pic of my backyard that I made a few weeks ago.
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Now it's all covered with snow. But I already have plans for it, I'm planning some renovation will plant one part with grass seed like this and the other part will be seeded with dundelions O:-)

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