Getting a jump on spring........


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I don't seem to have too many issues with tools and things but getting things to grow just right is a challenge!

I'm also a novice with pesticides and fertilizers. Been working on getting my all natural arsenal readh for spring. It's a slow process for me.
@Chuck is a formidable asset against biological predators if you can sweet talk him into sharing his extensive experience. He has not used a harsh chemical in possibly decades.
 
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Neem oil will take care of lots but spinosad is the king of aphid killers. Natural as Chuck can verify but very effective.. they forget to eat and die :)
If I remember right, Neem oil is VERY effective and safe, BUT is an indiscriminate killer (kills the GOOD, the bad and the ugly). Read, just today, in an article relating to the "tried and true" use of Sevin dust (toxic and indiscriminate) where a safe, effective alternative given was......self-rising flour. The premise.......dust your plants, bad bugs ingest the flour while eating the plant, the flour expands inside them, and......BOOM.....dead bug. Now, I don't KNOW about this, I found the info on the internet....and just like Abraham Lincoln said, "You can't ALWAYS believe what you read on the internet".
 
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If I remember right, Neem oil is VERY effective and safe, BUT is an indiscriminate killer (kills the GOOD, the bad and the ugly). Read, just today, in an article relating to the "tried and true" use of Sevin dust (toxic and indiscriminate) where a safe, effective alternative given was......self-rising flour. The premise.......dust your plants, bad bugs ingest the flour while eating the plant, the flour expands inside them, and......BOOM.....dead bug. Now, I don't KNOW about this, I found the info on the internet....and just like Abraham Lincoln said, "You can't ALWAYS believe what you read on the internet".
If you have ever seen a cat with wet feet...I suspect oils and coatings send bugs packing for lots of reasons, not just a poison pill.
 
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I use it in my greenhouses.. don't think that qualifies as indiscriminate use. :) but I have a tiny suburban yard and try to be careful. Up high, outside, I have suspended feeding stations for bees during the warm weather.. sort of apologizing to her ladyship , Mother Nature for my boo boos.
 
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Thanks Becky.......Doing EXCEEDINGLY well. Have gotten the surgeon's "ok" to return to work as soon as the cardiologists will let me and the cardiologist said 3 1/2 weeks ago that that looked like it would be a "go" after my Jan. 14th appt. with him.......Fingers crossed.
Wow that's great news! I'm so pleased for you :giggle: Hope it all goes well today!
 

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