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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Today May 2 seems like a good day to plant or transplant, IF the weather forecast is accurate

Posted Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 8:31 AM
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  • I can't believe the flea beetles have already found my eggplants and they are in the bathtub. Normal advice it to raise eggplants in containers if you have a flea beetle problem but mine must be reading the advice.

    I think I'll mix up some water, dormant oil, soap, and diatomaceous earth and see if that gets them. I can feel them chewing right now so I better make it now!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 2, 2013, at 8:35 AM
  • By the way, the dormant oil is a very light grade oil. It can be made from vegetable sources or petroleum and the purpose is to get in the breathing openings of the insects.

    The soap is a surfactant which helps the mix stick to both the plant and the insect and it aids the diatomaceous earth by drying out the insect membranes that the sharp edges of the DE has penetrated.

    I know, it sounds rather nasty and on an insect level it is, but so is poisoning with synthetic insecticides and it does not leave the health risks of standard insecticides.

    Don't be disappointed if it does not show the immediate result that poison does, it takes a little more time.

    As nature friendly as it may seem, it can still kill helpful insects as well when it is being sprayed so don't spray ladybugs, pollinating bees or wasps. Ladybugs and wasps are preying on the bad insects.

    Some folks will also add Tabasco sauce or other hot pepper products. This will assist in killing the insects but also has a repellant aspect. Garlic does as well except for those insects that like garlic, of course. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 2, 2013, at 9:28 AM
  • Speaking of repellants, there are a number of plants that help as companion plants as well as concoctions of these plants to disguise the smell of an insects favorite lunch.

    This discussion could go on and on, but maybe you have some favorite hone remedies?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 2, 2013, at 9:31 AM
  • http://www.farmersalmanac.com/calendar/gardening/

    My grandfather which was an avid reader of the "Farmers Almanac" was faithful to also plant by it.

    Today your suppose to kill plant pests...so I'm hiding...I've been known to be the biggest pest a plant has....Are your strawberries already planted?...It says plant them the 4th-6th...won't be long before dad will be headed to Wartrace to get a couple bushels....sure hope they are sweeter this year!...Now berries I do pretty well with, especially eating them...Might just have to drive to Shoney's soon for that slice of pie or just make one...that way I can have seconds.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, May 2, 2013, at 4:29 PM
  • I hope the farm on Wartace has a good year. Seems that I saw a clip of some Portland growers last night who were losing their crops because of wet weather.

    I am trying to stay focused on business, ut this windy weather is reminding me about the rain moving in and I really want to get a few more things done before that happens.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 3, 2013, at 2:25 PM
  • Well, my wife talked me out of getting a load of chips. She did not need to object too strongly. :-)

    But I did get in a line of "yard long beans" that are white on the package? Never seen that before and I kind of doubt it but, they probably taste the same as regular yard longs so..... They have a red seed.

    Also planted a line of Chinese Broccoli, the rest of my tomatoes, eggplant and a few basil. Just started to gets some raindrops, so I finished up by planting some Winter Melon, Bell Peppers and something I labelled "Ugly Cucumber" Why"? Because the picture of the cuke is ugly, with bumps.

    I got these from a store in Chicago China Town and strangely it was labelled "Spinach"! Honest! When I asked the Chinese lady why they looked like bumpy cukes but said spinach, she just laughed. Hmmm, something lost in the translation I guess.

    I need to take a picture and make a new post. I still have not mastered the art of including pictures within the body of this blog.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 3, 2013, at 7:34 PM
  • Glad the rain held off. I managed to get in a few annual flower plants--no veggies though.

    -- Posted by jbillswms on Fri, May 3, 2013, at 8:41 PM
  • Any suggestion on tomato pest, both insects and squirrels?

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Sat, May 4, 2013, at 1:50 AM
  • I am going to move your question cherokee2 to a new blog. May get more feedback that way?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, May 4, 2013, at 12:50 PM
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