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Some Ugly Irises. 5.23.2020
"Pineys" are little red squirrels, insanely hyper-active. Don't know what they are really called. I didn't mention another critter--rabbits!
I'm officially through with sweet corn this year. Cut worms were getting to the ears. Onions and potatoes are all dug up, so the garden is about half empty. I even picked a few butternut squash. They look nice--love 'em.
Checked on my kohlrabi this morning. Just a few tiny holes in the leaves. Saw it was big enough to eat, so yanked it out, took this picture, and ate 2/3 of it raw. I may cook the rest of it.
First, critters: On my walk the other day, I saw a garter snake in the road. I wanted to bring it home (but tossed it in the roadside) to perhaps catch chipmunks that burrow in the ground (and elsewhere). And, although I caught my "last" one, maybe the snake might do mole control.
Two other "critters" that have given me grief are those pesky "piney" squirrels--so hyper and mischievous--and RATS! Yes, I've caught 3 of them in a trap (cage) the past couple of weeks. Both animals have taken up residence in my unattached garage--one in the rafters, the other underground. who knows how many more I have?
Second? Well, I'll save that for another day.
13. Be sure to read Loam Gnome's comment to get further information.
Spud, how is your kohlrabi doing?
12. For snails and slugs, I use an organic pellet product that works great. Ferric phosphate, nontoxic to other creatures.
~ Loam Gnome, thanks.
Randy, your pest problems seem dreadful. I forgot to mention
11. Cover beds with tunnels of sheer cloth
I hope it helps.
If I see a slug problem again, I'll try Ferric Phosphate.
There've been lots of white butterflies sniffing out my kohlrabi plant. I've brushed off their eggs every 2 or 3 days except for the last week, when I've been busy elsewhere. I'll have to go out tomorrow & see what the damage is.
Thanks, Joan. I try not to have use pesticides, but it's a losing battle. My collards and kale are nothing but "ribs". Fortunately, caterpillars don't seem to go for Swiss chard, my favorite "green".
Alternatives to using pesticides:
1. Spray plants with water to wash pests off.
2. Pick pest off and squash or discard in garbage.
3. Dust affected plants with edible diatomaceous earth.
4. Get ducks or chickens, they eat all kinds of pests & give eggs.
5. Use pyrethrin, a natural pesticide.
6. Do not over water!
7. Use a soaker hose or other methods of watering that does not put water on leaves.
8. Build healthy soils.
9. Use mulch & compost to hold moisture. Do not overwater!
10. Trap slugs & snails using beer, or a yeasty brew in a tin can sunk into the ground with the rim at the level of the ground. Sl;ugs & snails crawl into the can and can't get out.
Tell us other things you do to get rid of pests without using pesticides.
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