Skip to comments.Pests: The "Dark Side" of Gardening
Posted on 04/28/2012 6:03:19 AM PDT by orsonwb
Learn how to utilize a technique called Integrated Pest Management to control pests in our garden...
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Poison ivy is evil.
You got that right. I don't have a garden, but the chipmunks here chewed a bunch of holes in the siding on my house. They weren't trying to get in, just eating the siding.
When I repainted the house, the remaining survivors appear not to like the taste of the paint and stopped with the chewing.
Wow, those are hunger chipmunks!!
Mine just make tunnel in my gardens, veggie and flower, and eat the plants from underneath!!
I also hate powdery mildew!! I have NO luck with squash, cucumbers, or melons. I get one or two, then the mildew hits and that’s the end. Keep rotating between raised beds, but that doesn’t help.
Hungry? Not likely. With all the birdseed they eat it is a wonder they aren't too fat to move. They are just evil.
If the cats are inside, the chipmunks parade up & down in front of the window to tease them.
If the cats are out, the chipmunks are nowhere to be seen, but I worry about the cats getting run over.
How do you use it? I have a bag of it but not sure what to do. About half my garden has been eaten up. Our yard has been complete organic since we built our house, but this is my first vegetable garden. The bugs are having a nice feast but we haven’t gotten much :-( I tried using Howard Garret’s Garret juice but I think the bugs liked it as a dressing for the lettuce!
I’m not saying this will work for you but it’s cheap and pretty much harmless to humans and did work for me.
Look in your garden and flower beds and find any plant or weed leaves and flowers that aren’t being eaten, pick some and make a puree of them in a blender, add some red pepper, black pepper, garlic cloves, fish emulsion and water, put in hose end sprayer and water your plants with the mix. I used marigold leaves, mum parts, dandelion and other weeds I found around the garden.
LOL. Oh forgot to add I threw a cheap cigar in the mix for good measure.
You can use it to dust your plants with a duster or mix it with water as a spray. I also mix a little in with potting soil before planting plus you can spread it on the ground to control snails and slugs.
I’ve heard of making a tea of tomato plants and spraying it to keep the critters at bay. Obviously it won’t work with tomatoes but they have few pests anyway.
Thank you! I’ll try these ideas.
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