Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Today is Friday AND is GARDEN CLUB!

Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at 10:27 AM
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  • Are any Love in a Mist seeds available yet?

    -- Posted by wildflower727 on Wed, Jun 19, 2013, at 9:02 AM
  • Ooooh, I forgot. They should be ready by now. I will check some pods.


    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 19, 2013, at 10:27 AM
  • The Love in a Mist seeds are not what I would consider ready yet. None of the pods are dry and when I opened them the seeds are green.

    Might work, but.....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 19, 2013, at 2:06 PM
  • Well, the squash bugs have arrived. Most of the Chinese melons seem to be ignored by them but I did find one leaf with a batch of eggs.

    The spaghetti squash and zucchini seem to be of most interest to them. I dispatched two adults and about 10 clutches of eggs. I refuse to let them run over me like last year, so if necessary, I will pick up some organic insecticide.

    I always meant to get a hand-cranked duster so I could be sure to blanket the leaves with diatomaceous earth (DE) but still resorting to hand shaking or suspending it in a water, soap, vegetable oil, cayenne pepper mix.

    That has been working with aphids, whiteflies, and flea beetles but it is not immediate and once squash bugs hatch, I want to zap them quickly so, we'll see. If I can stay ahead of them with thumb and forefinger, great, but if not.....the big guns.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jun 20, 2013, at 1:40 PM
  • Plants that are purported to repel squash bugs to some degree are catnip, tansy, radishes, nasturtiums, marigolds, bee balm and mint. These can be planted near your squash plants with the goal of keeping squash bugs from finding a home in your organic garden......I was reading and found this little bit of bug knowledge interesting....it also noted to plant a couple crook neck squash (their favorite food) in a bucket or coffee can about 15 foot away from the garden to lure the little devils over to their death by making sure after they lay eggs you kill and bury those plants to discourage future generations.....sounds like some extra work, but might help for sure....my gardens have never been too fruitful...I seem to be a lazy gardener, but a definite interest in prime produce in which a good garden provides.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Jun 21, 2013, at 12:53 PM
  • ...better to wait on harvesting LITM seeds. Steve, thanks.

    -- Posted by wildflower727 on Fri, Jun 21, 2013, at 2:00 PM
  • I found one of those "trap" plants in another garden that is "resting" this season. Guess it was a zuke. I nuked the plant as you suggested along with anyone along for the ride. Haha!

    Come to think of it, I don't have any yellow squash. Need to plant some for us!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 21, 2013, at 3:42 PM
  • The SBs have not been busy today. Yesterday I dispatched three adults so maybe the others chose to go elsewhere, for a while. By no means do I think they've gone.

    But, I saw my first Japanese beetle so a new nemesis to pursue. They have good timing. The yard-long beans and edamame are flowering and ready to produce.

    The twice daily, slow walks through the garden are working well. So far I am ahead of all the baddies. The tomatoes are doing well for the first time in a while. I am keeping all leaves off the ground and whenever any start looking a little yellow, "off with their heads"! Well, maybe not the heads, but off with the leaf stem.

    If I remember, I will bring some garlic from last year. This year's batch in drying and we have not used everything up so, I need to share.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 21, 2013, at 3:55 PM
  • Great meeting! I can't wait to get some Cushaw seeds!

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Fri, Jun 21, 2013, at 9:27 PM
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