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Mon, Jul. 2nd, 2007 01:36 am
pests r us

seeing julie doiron + calvin johnson on friday night at SUA was awesome. julie, as always was wonderful albeit a bit scatter-brained that night. a good-sized quiet, respectful crowd. rebecca brought me pasta. good times.

while i find bugs + insects fascinating, having a weekend full of them = not so fun.

i knew before i left on saturday morning for virginia that i had some pests. so after much research, i figured out that i have sciarid flies and whiteflies, and a million teeny tiny bugs crawling through the soil that are as yet unidentified. they MAY be aphids but they just don't look like any of the pictures i am finding to me and they are hanging out only in the soil. i just ordered sticky traps to trap the adult flies, but i'm still doing research on the other little buggers. to prevent the sciarid flies from laying eggs in the soil, i've got to get horticultural sand or grit to cover the soil with. always one to make things more complicated, i'm trying to grow organically with no pesticides. with hedgehog coming home tomorrow, i wanted this all to be done.

to boot, thursday at the farmer's market i bought some more things to attempt to grow; rosemary, cilantro, and mint (inspired by jamie g.).

o hai...i didn't mention in the last post that kris and joe's wedding was this weekend in scottsville, va. z and i went and it was a great time minus all the insects feeding on my flesh. i have itchy bites on my legs and i still need to do a thorough check for ticks since nathan + ryan creeped me out about their tick story. yay. i had a nightmare about south union arts and hiring new volunteers who were miscreants and were doing all kinds of sketchy things in the space. maybe tonight i'll have a dream about "buggin'" out.

Current Location: 948 z's office
Current Mood: frustrated
Current Music: cpu hum


Mon, Jul. 2nd, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)

are you still looking for photos of girls in glasses? i rarely wear mine outside, but someone reminded me that you were asking...

i learned a lot about garlic that day
Mon, Jul. 2nd, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)

i was just thinking i want to start growing my own herbs on my balcony. i am interested in growing scallions, cilantro, and parsley since i use them in my cooking a lot. but from i read you have to keep resowing and harvesting.

let me know how yours goes.

Mon, Jul. 2nd, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)

as someone who is also gardening organically, i gotta say: NO pesticides? 'cause you may be in for a world of lions once you bring yr babies inside. i feel bad for killing 'em, but when tiny little flies started infesting my plants, i put 1 tsp of dr. bronner's castille soap & 1 tsp of cayenne in a 16 oz spray bottle and drenched my affected herbs & veg with it. no problems ever since! nary a nibble. and all au naturale.

highly recommended: http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/organic/
i am officially obsessed. tons of tips & tricks.

btw, rosemary & mint grow like crazy so prepare to have lots on yr hands later in the growing season. mmmm, teas & soaps with fresh herbs...

damn, this took me like 10 minutes to type one-handed! heh.

good luck. love love.

she speaks in song lyrics
Mon, Jul. 2nd, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)

i just looked it up on drugstore.com and there are a million different kinds: http://www.drugstore.com/search/search.asp?searchtype=1&trx=28198&trxp1=1002&ipp=20&srchtree=1&search=castile+soap&Go.x=0&Go.y=0

which one should i buy? i numbered them to save you typing. pick a number! hopefully i can go to whole foods and pick some up ASAP!

1) 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Soap, Hemp-Peppermint
2) 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Soap, Hemp Almond
3) 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soap, Peppermint
4) 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soap, Lavender
5) 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soap, Unscented Baby-Mild
6) 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soap, Tea Tree

i should have pointed out that i don't mind natural remedies, but i don't want any chemicals on my babies. i mixed cayenne pepper in when i watered them last night and before i had left on vacation i sprinkled hot sauce on one of my plants as an experiment. i just don't want them chomping! the thing i am most worried about is the tiny tiny bugs which i'm still not sure about. CURSES.


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Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)

i'd go #3 or #5... peppermint is an insect repellent but if you don't like the smell then go for unscented (or whichever smell you like). the soap is just there to make the cayenne stick to the leaves, but using dish detergent (like dove or whatever) would be *too* sticky & chemical-y whereas dr. bronner's is very mild & all natural.

i just discovered spider mites feasting on my heirloom peppers... ergghjfgkjhk. so gross. so it'll be time for a bath for those leaves after work.

neem oil is another popular natural, often organic insecticide, though it smells pretty gross.. it will only kill whatever is snacking on yr plants 'cause it has to be ingested off the plant leaves to have any effect on buggles (whereas a lot of other insecticides are broad spectrum & kill good & bad bugs). diatomaceous earth sprinkled on the soil if nothing else works.

the tiny tiny bugs (aphids, maybe?) are indeed the worst because i can't tell if they're good or bad. i just know that there's a lot of them and it's gross.


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she speaks in song lyrics
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)

okay i just bought some of the peppermint since it can't hurt, right? i just don't know when i'll have time to go to whole foods or trader joe's. i still need to go to home depot to buy some pots for those new herbs i got last week. yarg.

yeah, the teeny tiny bugs i think a friend of a friend is going to come over and tell me what she thinks they are. i kind of thing they may be aphids but then why are they ONLY on the soil? no idea. yarf.

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Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)

i might be coming to chicago this weekend to see cracker, so let me know if you ever need any gardening stuff... i'm practically drowning in it! dirt, fert, pots, soap, etc.
i can also split some of my herbs if you would like some herblets later this season... i'm growing a window box for teas (lemongrass, lemon verbena, lemon balm, sage, pineapple sage, lavender & spearmint plus parsley & oregano in separate pots). there are like 2 dozen fruit & veg plants (2 bell pepper, 1 jalepeno, 3 heirloom hot pepper, 1 thai pepper, 3 pickling cucumber, 3 watermelon, 2 cherry tomato, 3 regular tomato, 3 strawberry) plus around a dozen herbs & then another 2 dozen perennial flowers in our tiny-ass yard. august should be interesting! i may start leaving jars of pickles & homemade pasta sauce on yr doorstep. :)

good luck on eliminating yr pests & congrats on bringing home hoggle! tooooooo cute.

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she speaks in song lyrics
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)

dude, if you ARE, you could be the first houseguest (if you want).

the ladies at sprout home recommended that i get 12 inch terra cotta pots for the cilantro and rosemary (i've heard they take over), but i think the mint can stay in a smaller pot. you have any idea about that? i feel like i have read SO MUCH but i know there is like 258725 times that to read on the internet. let's hang out! which night is cracker?


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