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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
This came in the morning email:
Subject: An Attractive Trap for Pesky Fruit Flies
Joan, thanks for the info.
Chris, with all the fruit in my house, plus a "compost" bucket, I get fruit (banana) flies, too. I keep a permanent sticky fly strip hanging, which does a great job catching the little buggers. One has to be alert to prevent eggs from hatching.
Not many insects here, apart from the invasion of banana flies in my kitchen. How they breed! Guessing from the numbers, I think about six generations in an evening.
Randy, those insects are why I appreciate a dry climate. I can't stand them.
Have you tried a net over your head?
I've never hear Blackberry Boogie either.
Mine have started ripening the last few days, and taste better than they did last year. Not overly tart. My new Darrow Blackberry that I planted this year is slow growing, but looks like it will survive. It's a thorny kind that's supposed to taste better than thornless. I suspect that's true. That's why I bought it. We'll see.
Randy, insects and sweat just don't mix. When I lived in Washington DC, the insects were so bad and the humidity so high, people built screened in porches. Washington DC and Texas had chiggers. Alaska was about as buggy a place as I have ever lived. Texas had damnable horse flies that hurt. We have mosquitos, gnats, and house flies, but they are not so vicious here. The yellow jackets dash in for a direct hit every once in a while. I've had a couple of stings this summer. I have Black Widow spiders in my home and garden and have a spray company spray for them. We also have ticks in the forest.
Remedy? I do what you probably do, hang yellow jacket traps and fly strips, eat garlic, don't wear bright colors and odorless deodorant, put out sticky pads that catch more beetles than anything else. Keep the place as cleaned up as possible and empty standing water. Keep a supply of those sticks to use for bee stings around the garden. Clean a serious bite and put an ice pack on it. Keep the skin covered, tie pant legs and sleeves around ankles and wrists.
Botanical remedies: lemongrass oil, thyme, citronella, clove oil, para-methane 3-8, diol (PMD) from the Australian lemon eucalyptus, picaridin, treat clothing with permethrin,
These are the things I did when my children are growing. There is information available now about the toxicity of some of these remedies. So, I Googled for botanical remedies and found:
How to Prevent and Treat Insect Bites Without Harsh Chemicals
I exhausted my remedies. If you or anyone else has others, please let me know.
around the garden
Daniel, Blackberry Boogie got me dancin' with my toes.
Randy, Vine borer worms devastated my squash plants from Alaska to WA. state, to Texax and to Washington, D.C. How can one little species of butterfly do so much damage in so many places? I have concluded the only way to gain control is in prevention processes.
1. Mosaic viruses: plant resistant varieties; cover plants with floating row covers.
2. Squash Vine Borers: start plants early, indoors; don't plant squash in same ground each year, rotate with other plants; import parasitic wasps; use floating row covers; harvest crop and destroy vines, I don't add them to my compost heap.
Vine borer worms
Randy, it sounds like you have a large number of problems to contend with, but I would guess your large garden makes up for them to some extent. Some things will always survive.
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