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Out here in Lillian it's forcast to get down to 41º tonight, but what if it gets down to 36º? Sometime they do miss it by that much, you know. My tomato plants are still pretty small, and I don't know how to cover that much without crushing them. How much cold do you think they can take?
Well, no one answered, and I understand why. Too many variables, I guess. I went ahead and covered everything with tarps (some tattered). I placed 1 gal pots over the corner plants and a taller one in the middle, so unless the wind really blows tonight, I think they'll be ok.
On another note, my tomatoes have not been in the ground a week yet, and the bugs have already started on some of them. Grrrrrrr. Guess I spray with Seven tomorrow.
I can't identify bugs (except for the horned tomato worm). Actually, I haven't seen any bugs out there.
I have some coyote urine to saturate little cotton balls with. They go in a little plastic bottle with holes and a zip tie attached. Putting those around your garden is suppose to keep the rabbits away. I haven't used them yet, because the wind has been so high. Figured the scent would just all blow away. Hope the stuff works.
well, i didn't think about covering my tomatoes last night. guess i'll have to look when i get home tonight.
i have those tiny white flies (are those aphids?) that jump from my Confederate Rose Hibiscus over to them.
usually treat with nothing but soap & water twice a day until they're gone. this year i'm taking out the Hibiscus.
it gets too tall to treat with soap & water... and if left untreated, it looks like crap. so out it goes.
4.11.13 update: checked and my 'maters are just fine. whew!! dodged a bullet, i guess.
OMGoodness, Gypsi!! I just looked at "sowbug," and it's a roly poly! I had no idea. But wait...I read or was told that roly polies didn't eat plants--they just wanted the soil. Well, I never! That's what I get for not checking things out with the plant files.
I heard they didn't bother seedlings either, but I know they do bc they ate mine. I only had to put out garden dust 2xs years ago and I've never had a problem since. The sevin should help with the white flies too.
One of my major pests eating my grapevines are butterfly larva. Tons and tons of butterfly larva. I have BT in the refrigerator (use on honeycomb to prevent wax moth infestations, it is bee safe). And I have something similar to BT intended to protect the garden from stuff like caterpillars, but bacterial.
And I just let those caterpillars eat my grapevines.
I am probably going to stick with flour to gum up the rolypoly mouths... THe spinosad seems to be somewhat systemic? And nope, I can't chance it.
But thank you for the information. I cross-posted the uconn link to my bee forum.
I sprinkle flour on the soil if it's roly polies, but they rarely cut all the way through the stem and don't seem to like to eat tomatoes. Cutworm is an option.
One nail next to each plant stem, or a straw even, I used to have cutworm very bad in one bed in Arlington, and I would slit a 2 or 3 inch drinking straw section and put my morning glory seedling stem INSIDE the straw, the only way I could get them to last overnight.
How big were your tomato plants syb? Ive posted many times that I've lost many tomato seedlings too sow bugs. They may not like them but they will topple them over. I had always heard that it couldn't be sow bugs so I sprinkled garden dust around each seedling and I went down there the next morning and I thought it was rabbit poop but it was jillions of dead sow bugs/pill bugs. I only had to do it twice but SOW BUGS WILL KILL TOMATO SEEDLINGS. Lol
Best solution I have found for cutworms is to wrap the stem in foil just below the ground level best done before setting the plants out it is ok to do it after just real hard on my back Cut worms are worse on my cukes that any other plant,so if I direct seed I do so in a small plastic cup with the bottum cut out when the plant gets bigger i remove the cup
Thanks to all of you for the info. You know, sometimes the tomato plants are pretty tall and leggy, so I have a lot to lay over, just leaving about 3 inches sticking out. This year they were sort of short, squatty and bushy, so there wasn't much to bury. I think I didn't leave enough leaf out on a few.
Ok, I'm trying everything--the flour first. Do you have to do this every time after you water?
If that doesn't work, I'll do 7 Dust. I'm assuming that's what you mean by "garden dust."
Grits, I only have tomatoes, beans (just beginning to break the soil), a couple of squash and a couple of peppers (hollies). That foil wrapping sounds very time/back-breaking intensive, but I guess if I get desperate enough, I'll try it. I can tell you are a much more serious farmer than I.
I actually don't remember what was in the garden dust, it may have been sevin. That was years ago. But I plant 70+ plants and I didn't want to discourage them I wanted them dead! Like I said I only did it twice.
What eats Spider mites? That's my main gardening problem, but my growing conditions are just what they like. I put the garden dust in a little ring around each seedling, bc I wanted to see what was eating my plants. Now I don't put the seedlings out until they are bigger, but sow bugs have never been a problem since.
Kitt I think I've read not to use sulfur on cukes and squash but I'm not sure. You mite want to ask on the veggie forum. I didn't know it worked on SMs I always use neem.
Most of the Sulphur produced in the USA is from coal fired generating plants the sulphur is recovered from the scrubbers in the stacks..before that method was mandated sulphur was mined extensively in Nevada...It is used as a soil additive to lower the Ph
Tomato plants will just sit there if the temps stay cold but they can't freeze until it hits freezing 32*. But the plants that were planted out 3 weeks ago are just sitting there they have only grown a little. Anyother year they hit the ground running.