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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

More garden meanderings and who knows what else.

Posted Sunday, June 29, 2014, at 11:07 AM
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  • Sounds good Steve...........I will reign in the tomato police........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sun, Jun 29, 2014, at 12:48 PM
  • OOPS ! Rein........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sun, Jun 29, 2014, at 6:19 PM
  • It slipped past me. Guess my spell checker is slipping.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 29, 2014, at 10:06 PM
  • Speaking of rain, I finally got some, well a lot, at my house yesterday. Everything is growing well this year. Even my squash!

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Jun 30, 2014, at 5:41 AM
  • I know you have been particularly hit hard by squash bugs in seasons past. For yours and mine doing so well I am guessing we might have the extra cold weather to thank.

    Sure did not feel like a "silver lining" this winter but maybe the cold killed a lot of the bugs that used to hit our garden. I have had very few and can count the bad ones so far on my fingers.

    Of course, I used those fingers to dispatch them as well, so I did not help their situation. Poor bugs. Yeh, right!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 30, 2014, at 6:23 AM
  • Speaking of bad bugs........What's up with all the web worms this year? I have never had any in any of my trees in the almost 5 years I have been here and now they are everywhere.......... If they aren't cut down don't they multiply and get much worse?

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Mon, Jun 30, 2014, at 10:02 AM
  • I don't know of a reason why they would be "in force" this year but yes, the more that you can eliminate the better, BUT since you are not an island, they may be around for a while.

    They can be "snagged" to break up the nest and destroy as much as possible. Some use flame torches to bun them higher up, but that has its apparent warnings about fire and the nests falling down on the person so I would not consider it on a ladder or extremely dry periods.

    A horticultural oil spray early in the year can smother the overwintering larvae but you have some large trees so this may only be good for your smaller, ornaments.

    All of this will keep major damage down on your property which is probably all you can hope for. If I find out a reason for the major spurt I will let you know. Maybe they are like locus and re-emerge at different year schedules.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 30, 2014, at 10:24 AM
  • I am going to suggest we have our meeting anyway this Friday and will sweeten it with a door prize of "Practical Gardening Encyclopedia". It is 351 pages of gardening tips, techniques, projects, color pictures, ornamental and edible growing, etc.

    I will describe it more in the post about the meeting.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 30, 2014, at 10:36 AM
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