April 9th, 2012
Have you been looking for a solution about how to get rid of ants?
Recently a reader was having difficulty getting rid of fire ants and wanted to know if I had a solution. He said he had tried Diotomaceous Earth red and white, hot water, salt water and straight vinegar. Nothing seemed to work, and now the fire ants were nesting in their orchard!!! To hopefully give him an answer, I have researched and have come up with 13 ways to get rid of ants. Read the rest of this entry »
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October 15th, 2011
Every fruit grower will realize sooner or later that in order to have beautiful and healthy fruit one must follow a spraying schedule and know when to spray fruit trees.
According to my gardening books, professional growers spray fruit trees at every stage: dormant, green tip, 1/2 inch green, pink blooms beginning, full bloom, after the petals fall, Read the rest of this entry »
September 14th, 2011
Are you having problems getting rid of insects and/or bugs which are eating your vegetables and/or plants?
Santa Barbara gardener and author Kathleen Yeomans has a favorite spray which she finds most helpful for any insects bothering her plants. She said that this homemade salsa which is just a little stronger than the salsa you eat can paralyze those pesky little insects ranging from Read the rest of this entry »
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July 17th, 2011
Could you please tell me exactly what garden sprayer you used?
I haven’t had any luck with the smaller ones that fit a hose. My apple trees are pretty big (about 20 feet) so even on a step ladder I will need a long spray. Thanks very much for all this useful info…I didn’t manage to get dormant oil on in time and sprayer only sprayed a few feet. Looking forward to trying the natural spray and maybe save a few apples this year and many next. ~ Patricia Read the rest of this entry »
July 17th, 2011
Have you ever used garlic spray to get rid of mosquitoes?
In the comments below the article “Garlic Spray Recipe, Nicasio Martinez, who lives in the Philippines, had written that he would use the garlic spray to get rid of mosquitoes that carry the dengue fever (also known as yellow fever according to Wikipedia) which kills many children. Read the rest of this entry »
July 11th, 2011
What are apple maggots, and how can one get rid of them?
The apple maggot fly pierces a hole in the apple skin in order to deposit its eggs which in turn becomes a larvae, a maggot, that tunnels its way throughout the apple as it feeds. These larvae are known as apple maggots (also referred to as railroad worms). The apple maggots produce one to two generations each and hibernate in the soil as brown pupae. Read the rest of this entry »
June 3rd, 2011
What is peach leaf curl, and what can be done about it?
Ivan asked the following question:
“Every year my peach trees are suffering from leaf curl, and it seems to be getting worse every year. Does this recipe help with peach leaf curl and are there specific times of the year I should spray my trees in order to prevent the onset of leaf curl? Thanks in advance for your help. Read the rest of this entry »