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« Reply #50 on: June 09, 2012 01:58:53 PM »

Maybe bunnies PW?   Huh
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« Reply #51 on: June 09, 2012 04:29:45 PM »

Could be! Don't think I can blame the skinks.....

I do suspect there was a raccoon in my plot, as something tore open a bag with some raw fleece skirting. But I don't think raccoons are really into zucchini leaves.
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« Reply #52 on: June 09, 2012 05:11:12 PM »

Now that's something our dog would do!  Are you using skirting for mulch?  We do.  It's also fantastic for the bottom of pots.  It keeps the soil from running out and contains fertilizer.
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« Reply #53 on: June 09, 2012 05:37:36 PM »

Yeah, I'm planning on mulching some more areas as soon as the little seedlings get a bit bigger. I have straw mulch on a couple of places already...

Something has moved into my water bowl with the taro. It may be a little frog, I just see the sudden movement when it dives to the bottom. Maybe Mr. Toad is actually Mr. Frog? I cut up a gourd into a toad house and waxed it, so either way Mr. Amphibian will be happy, I hope.

For some reason, the mosquito dunks are not working, I may need to get something to eat the larvae, although I don't know what I would do with it (presumably a fish) in the winter. And raccoons love to eat fish and frogs out of these types of bowls, shredding any and all plants in the process, so maybe that is a bad idea.
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« Reply #54 on: June 09, 2012 08:25:28 PM »

Ack!  Aphids on my cilantro and parsley. Sad

Since I have absolutely no luck in getting rid of them and the plants were looking way worse for the wear, I just tossed them.  But now I'm on an aphid hunt to keep them out of my beans and tomatoes and basil!
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« Reply #55 on: June 10, 2012 03:24:14 AM »

I hate aphids!  We spray with neem twice a week.  It's a vegetable oil used in organic gardening.
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« Reply #56 on: June 10, 2012 05:17:40 AM »

I have made aphid spray by simmering rhubarb leaves in water (actually, I was simmering them to use as a mordant, and just saved some extra liquid). It worked pretty well, but some people don't like to use it on edibles.
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« Reply #57 on: June 10, 2012 08:15:06 AM »

A frog sighting! He is bigger than Mr. Toad, and very shy. I think he is either a wood frog or a leopard frog, and Mr. Toad looks like a Fowler's toad.

Something is also eating my gourds plants as soon as they sprout. I suspect pillbugs.
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« Reply #58 on: June 24, 2012 09:28:48 AM »

I think my cherry tree has a canker...it is looking pretty sad and has symptoms of one of the cankers. I trimmed off the dead branches (most of the tree) but I think it will probably die. There are also raspberry cane borers attacking the raspberries, but I think I can control that at least.

Otherwise, the madder is doing very well and trying to invade the leek bed. The squash are finally starting to take off, but no flowers yet. We are a bit behind on rain, but managed to get a little bit on Friday. I need to get a good rain gauge to put in my plot.
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« Reply #59 on: July 04, 2012 07:15:34 PM »


Here is a sloppy montage of the plot. I need to get a push mower or one of those serrated hacking blade things to deal with the weedy areas...


The leeks are doing pretty well, I may need to start building up soil around them soon


Today was the first zucchini harvest

the other squash are slower, and the deer keep munching on them:


My poor cherry tree did die, I scrounged the bird netting from it to try to keep the deer from eating the squash. I'm not sure if I should plant another tree next year, I would have to put it in the same place, which is still not that great (poor drainage and not much sun), and I am afraid the canker might remain and infect a new tree. And I can get sour cherries at the farmers market in June (plus I keep having serious storage issues due to repeated summer power outages).
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