Another bad summer, no squash, zucchini, cucumbers, cantaloupe, eggplant. I have just been keeping the plants alive. I fertilize, help pollinate, water, water, water and nothing. What could I be doing wrong? Help!
I had my first experience with an organic garden this year and I am struggling with ants in the garden! I have used diatomaceous earth many times and while it kills ants, it won't make them all go away! What can I do that will not add poison to my garden? I am tempted to break out the ant bait, but I don't want that in my garden.
PaulaAre the ants being terribly problematic? I have oodles of ants but only a couple of colonies that I struggle with. There is one group that cropped up recently that decided to eat all the new growth off my eggplants, which pretty much stopped production there and a couple of others that are wrangling the aphids on a gourd and on a pumpkin plant. Otherwise, as long as they aren't biting me, the rest of the ants are fine and I'm sure somewhat beneficial.
The aphid wranglers, I don't really mind. I just wash the leaves off from time to time and that seems to keep them from causing too much damage. The ones attacking my eggplants are another story. I tried diatomaceous earth, cinnamon and chili powder. I've planted tansies and onions near them. All of which seems to irritate them but not make them disappear completely. It might sound silly but my next attempt is going to be going after them with my dustbuster! I'm hoping they might find less enthusiasm for rebuilding if a large portion of their colony suddenly vanishes. :)
ARGH! Went outside today to shuffle some of my new birds around and my mother's damn horse ATE the tops off of all my heirloom tomatoes!!! I got nothin left but 3-4 " of stalk poking up on 6 out of 9 plants!!!!
Is there anything I can do to nurse them into growing new leaves and branches? plant food? penicillin shots?? LOL
Rachel - hence the problem with some nurseries. THey have something to sell you and right time of year or not they are going to sell it to you. Onions and garlic you plant in the fall and let them grow through the winter. Please go to the main page of this site and download the planting calendar. It tells you what to plant when. Sorry they told you wrong on the planting. Come back here for the correct info.
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