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Marie2020

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it would really help to know what bugs. :) if possible it would likely also help to get a bigger start from the greenhouse and plant that out instead of starting from seeds directly sown into the ground.
I got these in small plugs, I looked but couldn't find anything on them. They are potted in a plant pot on my front porch. I had to act fast so sprayed a weak solution of garlic water on them. They may die off but they are looking much better already.

Thanks for getting back. I'm really trying to get these to survive.
 

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@Marie2020 , with your herbal (less toxic) approach, maybe this will help now or in the future:

Last year, I tried a "tea" made from fresh mint allowed to ferment 7+ days. It was sprinkled on the cabbage & broccoli every 10 days, or so. No cabbage worms showed up and aphid population was late and didn't amount to much. It looked like it worked as a fertilizer, as well.

This year, I will try something different - at least, initially. Nettle tea. I think that the idea originally came from a TEG gardener from the UK. Since then, a friend of DW's suggested it. It's kinda nice to think that the plant appreciates the drench as a fertilizer and that it may also repel bugs. Bugs in cabbage especially can be a real problem without using conventional insecticides - which I don't use in the veggies.

Cucumbers - it has been various beetles and Spinosad kills beetles.

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I think that the neighbor to the big veggie garden has racoons in his corn every year. The reason - he has a lot of corn and is quite selective harvesting. The passed cover, mature (or, overly-mature) ears attract something! Whatever it is, strips husks, chews all the way around the ear and breaks a stem or two. Dad said that coyotes eat sweet corn. I don't know. Whatever is eating it comes at night and much, much prefers those old ears and leaves my corn almost entirely alone. If it's in his garden, it's in mine but I don't have much damage from any mammal, putting the skids on marmots and aside from easily attributed rabbit problems.

The only garden that had a for-sure raccoon visitor was the place where I could have fished from the edge of the garden. It was that close to the river and I saw the masked visitor one day ;).

At home, I've had 2 neighbors tell me that raccoons have visited my yard. No problems on either of those occasions. @Gardening with Rabbits , I live more than a mile from any body of water.

Too hot to do much outdoors. Ran mower yesterday but put off weed wacking until this morning. Chasing the yard sprinklers around right now.

Steve
I thought they lived near water too and I live at least a mile from a body of water. It never came back, so who knows. I almost thought it was somebody's pet. In Kansas coyotes ate milo.
 

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I have all the pole beans planted. I planted a few more tomatoes and peppers. I thought they looked a little rough until I went to the farmers market this morning and a lot of tomatoes looked bad. Not sure what happened. Some did look good but expensive. DD is building 3 boxes to plant stuff this year. 😍 She is going to drive her husband nuts. She is buying flowers and pots, and she got 3 boxes free and I told her to put cardboard down and we found some organic garden soil and her husband has to go get it in his truck. We went all over looking for things for her to plant. I gave her some tomatoes and peppers, and seeds. I am telling she needs a compost barrel for next spring and she thinks this is a good idea. :lol:😍 All the years watching me and she now believes she has to garden and feels like she is being lazy and doing nothing with her yard. She wants squash, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, bought a few kale plants. I had already planted mine and she is thinking of putting pole beans on the ends of the boxes. We found pan patty plants. I started some seeds, but older and they have not come up yet and now she wants a couple of cucumbers. Next, I have to get the ground ready for the cucumbers and squash. I have flowers started and I will plant them later so they can be ready to bloom next year. I have a lot and they look good. I bought wave flowers for my cans. I weeded the pepper plants and I have a cherry tomato on one of my plants in the pots on the patio. It is still green, but I don't think I ever had one in June before.
 

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I aerated the yard. Got smart and thought 'hey I can mow and pull the plug aerator" so immediately broke the deck belt. I should follow instructions and put the throttle to 50%, but I know me, and that arrogance is customary. Anyway, burned a lot of dinosaur oil aerating and then fixed the belt because I had bought backups, and burned some more dinosaur oil cutting the grass. I want the clippings in the holes. Not a bad plan, given rain prospects these next few days. The veg garden is good so nothing to do.
 

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I thought they lived near water too and I live at least a mile from a body of water. It never came back, so who knows. I almost thought it was somebody's pet. In Kansas coyotes ate milo.
This time of year they tend to move around looking for mates and here the first batch of babies will have left the nest. They can travel at least 10 miles. They also tend to hang around farms around here since there’s always stray animal feed to steal. We had a problem in our old neighborhood with them finding bird feeders or the neighbors cat food. They also steal corn and beefsteak tomatoes out of my garden.
 

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Rabbit urine, fermented plant extract and lacto bacillus serum; in the order of preference will all stop bugs from eating your plants if used as a foliar spray.
I didn't know the lacto bacillus could be used as a natural insecticide. Would it work on flea beetles?
 
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