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  •  Yarh...my garden was a bust this year (3+ / 0-)
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    kamarvt, Orinoco, JanL

    a total bust.

    •  Japanese beetles? (4+ / 0-)
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      kamarvt, Muskegon Critic, Orinoco, JanL

      They ate up all my edamame and green beans.  Very frustrating.

      Universal Health Care - it's coming, but not soon enough!

      by DrFood on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 08:30:28 AM PDT

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      •  them, too. (3+ / 0-)
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        Muskegon Critic, Orinoco, JanL

        I copped out on those bastards and bought a japanese beetle trap.

        they were omnipresent earlier this year, but I got the trap out early and they pretty much vanished.

        Class war has consequences, and we are living them.

        by kamarvt on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 08:39:13 AM PDT

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        •  I had a trap (2+ / 0-)
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          . . . in the chicken pen (which is highly recommended, btw) and that helped feed the hens, but it didn't make any sort of dent in the destruction.  (To head off possible feedback: the chicken pen is more than 60 feet from the veggie garden.)  We went out with buckets and collected hundreds of beetles at a time, in the morning, when they are sluggish, and fed them to the hens, but it didn't help our apples trees, roses, beans, grape vines and dahlia flowers.  They even ate my sour cherries down to the pits!!  

          Our 1 acre lot has less and less turf every year (I'm on a mission to get rid of turf) but we back up on a small airport (small runway, acres of turf) and to the west we have acres of turf for school playing fields, so the influx from all that turf is immense.  The beetles like to eat leaves, but the worms/grubs like to eat turfgrass roots.

          I bought a bag of Milky Spore Disease containing powder, and put that into the lawn nearest the apple trees and other heavily hit areas.  Perhaps over the years the disease will spread naturally, because I sure as hell can't afford to apply as directed to all these acres of turf.

          Universal Health Care - it's coming, but not soon enough!

          by DrFood on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 09:49:28 AM PDT

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      •  Mold, poor soil, grasshoppers, a mouse or vole (3+ / 0-)
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        Orinoco, JanL, Wood Dragon

        that liked to nibble on the watermelon shoots just enough to sever them from the roots.

        It was a slaughter.

        I have pretty sandy soil and next year I need to enrich it some more.

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