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Old 06-15-2012, 04:03 AM   #1
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Couple gardening questions

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I'm a total amatuer, been trying to garden for a few years now and this is the first year things have looked promising, but I'm running into a few issues...

1. I went to check my plants today and found large patches of tiny white dots, they almost looked kind of poofy, but really tiny. I also noticed that the soil near them looked kind of cob-web-ish... any ideas?

2. A few of my strawberry plants have strawberries started producing, but they're staying really really tiny and ripening that way (it basically looks like the petal of the blossom fell of and the middle part left turns red). Any idea why that's happening and how to fix it?

3. Weevils. Ugh. We have tons of them. Came with the house :/ We read that nematodes might help, any other suggestions?

4. Any ideas for slug traps beside hollowed out oranges? We have tons of those too.

5. Half my soil is very very wet and stays very wet (to the point of getting mildew and moss on the surface) and the other half is so dry it doesn't want to absorb water (water runs off the top). The dry was here when we moves in, the wet what we put in our newer beds. Is there anything I can do now tht it's all planted? Or advice for next year? (esp if there's anyone in the PNW!)

If you've read all this, bless you. I need all the help I can get!

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Old 06-24-2012, 12:36 PM   #2
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For all you experts!

I'm a total amatuer, been trying to garden for a few years now and this is the first year things have looked promising, but I'm running into a few issues...

1. I went to check my plants today and found large patches of tiny white dots, they almost looked kind of poofy, but really tiny. I also noticed that the soil near them looked kind of cob-web-ish... any ideas?

2. A few of my strawberry plants have strawberries started producing, but they're staying really really tiny and ripening that way (it basically looks like the petal of the blossom fell of and the middle part left turns red). Any idea why that's happening and how to fix it?

3. Weevils. Ugh. We have tons of them. Came with the house :/ We read that nematodes might help, any other suggestions?

4. Any ideas for slug traps beside hollowed out oranges? We have tons of those too.

5. Half my soil is very very wet and stays very wet (to the point of getting mildew and moss on the surface) and the other half is so dry it doesn't want to absorb water (water runs off the top). The dry was here when we moves in, the wet what we put in our newer beds. Is there anything I can do now tht it's all planted? Or advice for next year? (esp if there's anyone in the PNW!)

If you've read all this, bless you. I need all the help I can get!
I have mostly Midwest gardening experience, but here is a start:

1) a pic would help, maybe mealy bugs? What plants are affected?

2) are these newly planted? They usually take a season to get established, if not, try adding compost/manure to increase soil water holding ability and nutrients.

3) can't help here

4) chickens and ducks love them, so I haven't had a problem. I've heard a little container of beer to attract and drown them.

5) Dry areas would usually be well served by adding mulch now and manure/compost before it gets planted. Organic material helps increase infiltration and holds more water for later when plants need it.

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Old 06-24-2012, 02:13 PM   #3
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I'm wondering if you are dealing with giant white fly or wooly aphids. Both are puffy and white but giant white fly is more wispy webish and aphids are more puffy and cottony

As far as slugs, sprinkling finely crushed egg shells around the base of your plants will keep them away. Also beer traps.
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I'm wondering if you are dealing with giant white fly or wooly aphids. Both are puffy and white but giant white fly is more wispy webish and aphids are more puffy and cottony

As far as slugs, sprinkling finely crushed egg shells around the base of your plants will keep them away. Also beer traps.
I had white fuzzy stuff on my tomato stems, and it was wooly aphids

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I use shallow dishes (you can cut the bottom inch or so off a plastic Solo cup and use that) with beer for slugs...it's gross though...slugs don't like salt either so I was thinking about an epsom salt border for my strawberries...maybe they won't cross it, or once they touch it they'll die...but I don't know how it'll work, I KNOW the beer works (use the cheapest you can find, save what you have left over, they don't care if it's flat...LOL

As for the dry areas, I think you should till in organic material (mulch, compost, soil conditioner, etc.) to loosen the soil, we are in the SE so we have carolina red clay (joy) and we got a DUMP TRUCK load for our back yard (entire lot is 9000 sqft) to prepare it for new grass.

I use raised beds for gardening (75% hot compost & 25% river/creek sand) and love, love, love it. Last season I added very very fine mulch (soil conditioner)to the top layer around plants and this year it got turned in to the soil and new compost added to the top layer. I am very pleased with my results (except getting Early Blight on Tomatoes and lost them) so far. I have large, high yielding plants and love it!

I hope this helps you, but if not I hope you find what does solve your issues!
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I use shallow dishes (you can cut the bottom inch or so off a plastic Solo cup and use that) with beer for slugs...it's gross though...slugs don't like salt either so I was thinking about an epsom salt border for my strawberries...maybe they won't cross it, or once they touch it they'll die...but I don't know how it'll work, I KNOW the beer works (use the cheapest you can find, save what you have left over, they don't care if it's flat...LOL

As for the dry areas, I think you should till in organic material (mulch, compost, soil conditioner, etc.) to loosen the soil, we are in the SE so we have carolina red clay (joy) and we got a DUMP TRUCK load for our back yard (entire lot is 9000 sqft) to prepare it for new grass.

I use raised beds for gardening (75% hot compost & 25% river/creek sand) and love, love, love it. Last season I added very very fine mulch (soil conditioner)to the top layer around plants and this year it got turned in to the soil and new compost added to the top layer. I am very pleased with my results (except getting Early Blight on Tomatoes and lost them) so far. I have large, high yielding plants and love it!

I hope this helps you, but if not I hope you find what does solve your issues!


jumping in to tell you to remember to treat your soil this fall before you till for the winter and maybe again in the spring. the blight will stay in the soil and come back next year if not treated!!
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jumping in to tell you to remember to treat your soil this fall before you till for the winter and maybe again in the spring. the blight will stay in the soil and come back next year if not treated!!
What do you recommend? Copper dust? I need to treat as well!
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Wow, thanks for all the suggestions guys! I definitely have some research to do! I never realized what a learning process gardening would be until I started! It definitely leaves me with more respect for farmers!
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What do you recommend? Copper dust? I need to treat as well!
this article has a few good ideas

http://www.savewithgreen.com/green-t...tdiseases.html


copper dust would work in between seasons, but i wouldn't put it on while you're growing/harvesting.


i usually spray the area with bleach water in between seasons and till into the soil with other manure. then the whole garden gets covered in leaves and in the spring we burn the leaves off so the ash goes back into the ground and then we till more manure in.
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