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You can use insecticide, or you could use row covers. I'm told that row-covers work really well to protect the plants. I admit, I use a little Sevin dust (applied lightly, at night--to limit damage to bees) with a Dustin Mizer. It generates a very fine, even, layer of insecticide dust. When the blossoms open the next morning, they are clean where the bees might touch them. I know that several other Dave's members use row covers, even for large, commercial quantity crops.
I really like to stay chem free...so I will plant the Nasturtiums. I want about 6 plants so could I make a big ring around all mounds and plant the radishes..My yard is fairly big gardeners playing field..Thks for info...dreaves ? What are row covers made of? yes I am new to the new age stuff lol thks again...Trish
Pjmerritt...I just posted this in another thread...here is th copy and paste...
Jensmtngarden--I have a few suggestions for the bugs...I have found a place to get praying mantis eggs, beneficial nematodes and lace wings...they eat lots of garden pests, as do ladybugs...I also plant marigolds and basil, which deter a few more bugs, and if all that fails, there is natural pesticides...I grow nicotiana (aka tobacco) they have pretty flowers and foliage..the foliage I dry first, then create a "tea" (stinky) by soaking for a few days...put in sprayer half dilute(more if bad bugs are tough). If you smoke or know a smoker, you can save butts, soak and create the same effect, if you don't want the flowers. There is also natural ways of repelling dogs,cats and rabbits if you don't wanna put up fences. They also have another one for deer...I read too much..I know. lol.
Ms. Robin, I'm interested in the use of radish plants to deter squash vine borers. I lose most of my squash and zucchini plants every summer to those horrid things. How do the radish plants keep the orange and black moth from laying her eggs on the squash plants?
"Two or three icicle radishes planted in each hill will help prevent insects on squash as on cucumbers. Let the radishes grow and go to seed. Nasturiums will repel squash bugs and so will cigarette ash and other tobacco residue if placed with the seed when it is planted."
If you have similar companion plant questions, definitely pick up a copy of "Carrots love Tomatoes" by Louise Riotte
I had horrible Squash vine borers last year, which killed my entire crop, so I'll definitely be using this advice this year!
Milesdt, I'm only guessing that it is the smell of the radishes that repels the borers. I haven't been able to find any info on why radishes work, but have read about plants that have a strong smell (onions, garlic, certain flowers) being used around vegetable plants as a repellent.
I'm not familiar with the orange and black moth you mentioned, but there are plants that will repel other moths. It's also helpful to make a couple of plantings of squash a week or two apart, with some distance between them. Crop rotation is also important, as many insects overwinter in the soil and plant debris left in the garden.
If you do a search for "Companion planting for pest control" you can find lots of info. Here are 2 links that I use for reference.
Everytime I read about the moth, the word "elusive" is used. I've only seen one of them once. Interesting article in Wikipedia. I've tried everything in it and nothing worked. This summer I'm planning to try the radishes. Plus, I will probably try sprinkling black pepper and/or wood ashes on the vine where they come out of the ground. I just read about that in a book.
I would venture to say that if you can just get the radishes started around the squashes, the squashes will shade and somewhat cool the radishes and probably won't grow much anyway. These are just sacrificial radishes, so size and shape wouldn't matter, and I think they put off smell all the time once they begin growing.
oh good, thank you! I was at Home Depot today, in the garden center, and asked where the seed packs were. When they told me they were by the self checkout stands (in the middle of the store), I just turned around and paid for my COOL Oyster Plant (ahhh! so THAT's what Moses in a Basket is! aka Boatlily--cool) AND the pot I picked is so jelly-jam-packed - I can hardly WAIT to go plant it in a ROW - something I rarely manage to do.