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Glad your back !!! I like looking for the info when we disagree , Bees, melons, whatever ,,
Are you still contemplating giving up gardening (I don't believe you ) lol or does this mean your planning something!LOL
Bee my lower garden has been fallow for 2 yrs. I guess we will see if it works. I did it bc of a fungus not bugs. In ancient times I think it was called starving. But, I'm so glad your still with DG. Just bc you don't have a garden doesn't mean your input isn't needed. Maybe your volunteer plants will do well.
Lisa - I expect there will be tomato and melon volunteers. Last year the squash vine borers didn't show up until later in the season. Perhaps I'll be able to harvest a few melons before they arrive, then I'll pull the plants.
I looked through my stash of leftover seeds, and sowed some English peas yesterday. I was VERY pleased with the soil. It was damp, even though it hasn't rained for awhile, and crumbled perfectly in my hands. Lots of earthworms. I even saw a spider.
What I didn't see were any squash vine borer cocoons, so perhaps good bugs have had a feast. :)
I saw your pics of their cocoons and ive never noticed them before. I've also never had a problem with SVB on anything but squash, I didn't realize they infected other vines. Strange bc ive grown all sorts of other vines with no problem. See, if you had left I would have never learned this.
Lisa - Until last summer, I had not had much of a problem with svb's. From what I have read from the link I posted, svb's are more interested in squash than melons. What's interesting is that last summer was the first time I had grown squash. Perhaps the moth was attracted to the squash and laid eggs on my melons just because she was in the neighborhood.
I'm posting the link again for those who might have missed it on the other thread:
something i read somewhere said to--oddly enough, wrap the base of vines in--of all things, pantyhose, lol. Said its something about them that makes it so SVB cant get to their preferred spot to place eggs on, and that would discourage them from that specific plant. Then again who can really say that would work, all you can do is give that a shot, lol. worst that can happen is that you get some raised eyebrows from visitors, lol.
jmc1987 I have read that and seen a few videos showing that , interesting it is . An Update on mesh screen wrapping from a long time ago .
If it works to keep worms out of the melons , I am all for it .. The little critters do bad ,,