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RE: Louisiana & Mississippi gardeners?????? (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: Angelicisi on 07.06.2012 at 10:34 pm in Louisiana & Mississippi Forum

I'm in Baton Rouge, learned the ropes fast on insects, bothe beneficial and the crop destroyers! Plenty of gardens. Pictured here is a starter veggie garden. In this one I have pumpkins, watermelons, acorn squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, sweet peas, snow peas, green beans, wax beans, sunflowers, artichokes, radishes, jubilee tomatoes, homestead tomatoes and cpl dozen pots seeding the next round. (Three rounds so far and we are only in July ;-) ) I have 2 other gardens dedicated to veggies & herbs, fig trees, grapefruit, satuma orange, kumquats and Loquats. There are another 6 gardens for flowers and tropicals. Even with a few pest attacks all the gardens have been producing well enough to feed us 6 and have plenty to share. I am working on timing larger crops to sell locally. Once timed right I'll get licensed (fairly priced down south here!) And be able to share my goodies! I am happy to share any info about these plants I've had or take recommendations on growing unique items year round (I have a temp controlled space too) but get bored with potted seasonal veggies from a market.

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clipped on: 07.07.2012 at 07:06 pm    last updated on: 07.07.2012 at 07:06 pm

SVB Larva Surgical Removal

posted by: Angelicisi on 07.06.2012 at 05:59 pm in Garden Experiments Forum

So they got me. The evil grub of the Squash Vine Borer. I was fighting like mad to rid the gardens of them and lost a few plants in the process. Then I read up on surgically slicing open the plants and killin the beegeebees outta those nasty grubs, and re-burying the wounded plant. So I mounded 3x2 mounds of quality soil around the base of the 6 plants, after removing close to 20 grubs from all over of all diff sizes. I did not know what the adult looked like! I bought a hand held raquet bug zapper for them now that this site showed me what the adults look like. No pesticides used in any garden here so its full on combat thru summer and dang it I WANT my pumpkin plants so I'm fightin for them! I watered the gardens VERY well for a week, I have sliced the vines open 2 days ago and slaughtered about 15 grubs. I buried the wounds and watered VERY well. Went out this morning and found fresh bright orange grub chew so I pruned all infected leaves and slaughtered another 4 or so grubs and pulled the super infested plant out. Killed a few adults :-) searching for eggs. Now I am fighting any I missed (I go out everyday) and the numbers are dropping and the plants have done awesome so far...still has not been long enough to tell but I'll post pics as I got if I can! Brand new at this, just wanted to share my exp w/these nasty buggers if I am successful or not!

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clipped on: 07.07.2012 at 07:02 pm    last updated on: 07.07.2012 at 07:02 pm