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HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 8, 2013
11:24 AM

Post #9442923

Like it or not, I'll be hanging around here for another year - I just renewed my subscription!

(At my age, I'm probably tempting Murphy's Law.)

http://www.murphys-laws.com/murphy/murphy-true.html

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 8, 2013
12:33 PM

Post #9442957

Oldies but goodies make this site what it is!
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 8, 2013
12:43 PM

Post #9442965

Hey, Being a gardener, changes the actuarials. Old gardeners never die, they just go dormant!!!

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

March 10, 2013
9:59 AM

Post #9444764

Agree on all counts. :)
risingcreek
sun city, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 10, 2013
11:34 AM

Post #9444836

that is exactly how I feel whenever I renew something for a year, like I am tempting fate.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 10, 2013
8:47 PM

Post #9445343

My dad turned 89 today, all of you have a long way to go.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

March 10, 2013
10:02 PM

Post #9445378

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

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 11, 2013
8:07 AM

Post #9445692

Thanks for all your wonderful, encouraging comments. It's good to know that I'm appreciated. :)

I will be letting the garden rest this summer so the bugs can't get an upper hand. I believe in ancient times this was known as a "fallow year."
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 11, 2013
10:29 PM

Post #9446532

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.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 12, 2013
8:18 AM

Post #9446844

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. :)
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 12, 2013
3:30 PM

Post #9447271

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.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2013
7:52 AM

Post #9447914

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:

http://www.toxicfreenc.org/organicgardening/vine_borers.html

I cannot take credit for the photos - wish I could, because they are VERY good.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

March 7, 2014
8:48 PM

Post #9784414

Starting a few annuals early this year , for bees that are after the early pollen .
more blooms more vegies to come ,
I know this left off at borer problems ,, only I wanted to type something lol :-)

jmc1987

jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 8, 2014
8:21 AM

Post #9784708

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.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

March 8, 2014
11:40 AM

Post #9784870

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 ,,

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2014
7:51 PM

Post #9785988

Awesome!! I think we'll keep ya!

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