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Post  Yardslave on 4/7/2019, 11:14 am

Last week the black aphids showed up for their annual Feast of The Favas. I sprayed them down with soap,to no avail, then I dusted them with dolomite- same results- I'm going to have to have to break out the Neem oil to nuke 'em, but I'll have to cover up 2 beds to protect the bees and ladybugs.
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/7/2019, 11:26 am

@Yardslave wrote:Last week the black aphids showed up for their annual Feast of The Favas. I sprayed them down with soap,to no avail, then I dusted them with dolomite- same results- I'm going to have to have to break out the Neem oil to nuke 'em, but I'll have to cover up 2 beds to protect the bees and ladybugs.

I just read that the little monsters don't like onions. If you have any to plant among the favas (unless they don't like onions either) it might be worth a try. I'm going to plant some in with my milkweed, since that's my main aphid feeding site. I'm not optimistic, but what can it hurt? Rolling Eyes
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Post  sanderson on 4/7/2019, 3:26 pm

YS, The aphids on my walking onions are the black ones, also. Just spray the Neem solution at sundown.

Suz, See reply to YS. The black aphids are on onions!

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Post  countrynaturals on 4/7/2019, 5:03 pm

@sanderson wrote:YS,  The aphids on my walking onions are the black ones, also.  Just spray the Neem solution at sundown.

Suz, See reply to YS.  The black aphids are on onions!
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Post  Yardslave on 4/8/2019, 11:10 am

Good luck with that! The milkweed in my garden were appetizers for a main course of fava beans at my place. I'm going to have to delay happy hour for a few minutes and spray down the favas at sunset- maybe I'll hum a few bars on Taps for them.
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/8/2019, 11:55 am

@Yardslave wrote:Good luck with that! The milkweed in my garden were appetizers for a main course of fava beans at my place. I'm going to have to delay happy hour for a few minutes and spray down the favas at sunset- maybe I'll hum a few bars on Taps for them.
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Post  OhioGardener on 4/8/2019, 12:09 pm

Saw an interesting video on an organic spray for aphids just yesterday....

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Post  countrynaturals on 4/8/2019, 2:53 pm

Sounds good, but I'm skeptical. I couldn't find the free samples, so I'm gonna wait until we hear from someone who uses it or knows why we shouldn't.

My concern is that if it can kill aphids, what will it do to monarch eggs and babies? If it's really effective, I'd use it anyway until the monarchs come in late June/early July. Then I can use hand methods while the butterflies are here.
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Post  yolos on 4/8/2019, 4:10 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:Sounds good, but I'm skeptical. I couldn't find the free samples, so I'm gonna wait until we hear from someone who uses it or knows why we shouldn't.

My concern is that if it can kill aphids, what will it do to monarch eggs and babies? If it's really effective, I'd use it anyway until the monarchs come in late June/early July. Then I can use hand methods while the butterflies are here.
I read that the free samples can be requested by email at INFO@DOCTORZYMES.com or call 707-984-6094.
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/8/2019, 4:21 pm

@yolos wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:Sounds good, but I'm skeptical. I couldn't find the free samples, so I'm gonna wait until we hear from someone who uses it or knows why we shouldn't.

My concern is that if it can kill aphids, what will it do to monarch eggs and babies? If it's really effective, I'd use it anyway until the monarchs come in late June/early July. Then I can use hand methods while the butterflies are here.
I read that the free samples can be requested by email at INFO@DOCTORZYMES.com or call 707-984-6094.

Thanks, Yolos. Fingers crossed we've finally found something that works. Rolling Eyes

Here's what they have to say about their product:

http://www.doctorzymes.com/pdf/Important%20Information%20about%20%20Eliminator%20for%20Pest%20Control%20.pdf
(If you don't want to read it, basically it says stay out of heat and light when applying -- so do it in the evening when it's below 90 degrees.
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Post  sanderson on 4/18/2019, 2:00 pm

I have been peaking in on the Forum but not very active right now. I am in the planting, repairing, amending process, not only in the beds but also in the landscape. Should be mostly done within the next 2 days. Happy gardening, folks. Very Happy

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Post  countrynaturals on 4/18/2019, 4:39 pm

I'm just transplanting tomatoes and replanting what the beasties ate.
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/21/2019, 9:04 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:I'm just transplanting tomatoes and replanting what the beasties ate.

Finished transplanting the tomatoes. Gotta start over with the milkweed. Sad
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Post  sanderson on 4/24/2019, 3:48 am

This has been a rather crazy April. I was sooo patient about waiting until the weather was safe, no rain, soil temps at 60*F. I have most things transplanted, most of the irrigation fixed or modified, most of the beans sowed. The bulbing garlic are in their new bed but may be too late to finish forming cloves. Sigh. The sweet potato slips got red spider mites in in their rooting cups of water. Shocked What? So, I sprayed them well with Neem and kept them indoors until totally dry. Then realized the geranium starts were next to them and also had mites. Repeat treatment. Ken made the last new bed on wheels before he left for LV. I got the "cup holders" screwed in place, cut the weed fabric liner and started refilling it. Dumped the 2 buckets with worms in and started adding new coarse vermiculite and fluffed peat moss for some new MM in the bed. Turned around and realized I hadn't dumped the wheel barrel of saved MM into the bed. So, removed most of the vermiculite and peat moss. Tomorrow it's supposed to be 92*F so it won't be fun finishing the bed, re-sizing the drip system and getting the Dragon Tongues sowed. What I'm saying is, I am having a a stumbling start to the summer garden.

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Post  Yardslave on 4/24/2019, 12:25 pm

Things are heating up where I live- 90 degrees yesterday, and more heat today. I was late with my seed starting and am just trying to keep the seedlings wet and I have my fingers crossed that I don't get any damping off. Some of my seeds were old, and I should have checked for viability, because only a quarter of the eggplants and half of the zucchini germinated. I'm going to sprout a new batch and hope they catch up with the others. The black aphids are still munching away at my fava beans, but the ladybugs have arrived and I'm going to let them have a shot at the aphids. The Neem oil worked on the adults, but the next generation is going to have to deal with the hungry ladybugs. All my beds are waiting for transplants and I'm going to direct sow carrots later today and hope I can keep them wet enough to germinate.
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Post  sanderson on 4/24/2019, 2:28 pm

YS, It would seem by now we would be pros at getting the summer gardens started. Razz

I got the new bed filled, but forgot to water the layers. Sigh tongue

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Post  Yardslave on 4/28/2019, 5:41 pm

I have beds ready for transplanting, but have noticed that the ones that I neglected to keep wet are now acting like I covered them with a water repellent- the water just beads up and runs off. I'm going to sprinkle lightly and at regular intervals in the evening to see if I can get the mix to accept water. Any one have a solution for this problem?
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Post  OhioGardener on 4/28/2019, 6:03 pm

@Yardslave wrote:I have beds ready for transplanting, but have noticed that the ones that I neglected to keep wet are now acting like I covered them with a water repellent- the water just beads up and runs off. I'm going to sprinkle lightly and at regular intervals in the evening to see if I can get the mix to accept water. Any one have a solution for this problem?

That is the one downside of Peat - if it dries out, it tends to repel water instead of sponging it up. It has to be kept moist in order to easily accept new water.
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/28/2019, 6:10 pm

I finished prepping the carrot bed and got it planted last night. I didn't realize how old the seeds were -- nothing newer than 2017 and some went all the way back to 2007! Shocked  Sooo, I just dumped them all in. Maybe we'll have carrots and maybe we won't. Rolling Eyes
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Post  sanderson on 4/29/2019, 12:00 am

YS, You're doing all you can do at this point, just keep watering a little at a time until it is all moist (wet). Also, break the surface with the hand trowel so the water has a place to seep in.

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Post  sanderson on 5/15/2019, 3:11 am

YS, it looks like your watering will be taking care of itself with the predicted rain. cloudy-bummer

It looks like there will be rain in most areas of California. Even here in Fresno, where I swear the clouds separate and go around us. 3/4" of rain expected here. Has everyone prepared the gardens in case there is some hard rain?

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/15/2019, 10:02 am

@countrynaturals wrote:I finished prepping the carrot bed and got it planted last night. I didn't realize how old the seeds were -- nothing newer than 2017 and some went all the way back to 2007! Shocked  Sooo, I just dumped them all in. Maybe we'll have carrots and maybe we won't. Rolling Eyes
A handful of carrots are up. I'm hoping this cool, wet weather will make the peas and kale happy. I also have some other winter crops still in that may now produce after I had all but given up on them.

Romaine and cilantro should like it, too.

It will probably stall the tomatoes, that's okay, since they were already off to a great head start.
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