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Imagewildflowers
Feb 20, 2014 1:59 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
My dh tells me that someone invented a bug vacuum. He thinks it may have been a young girl that wanted to pluck bugs out of the garden. Hilarious!

So I googled it and sure enough!! Rolling on the floor laughing

https://www.google.com/search?q=bug vacuum&rls=com.microsoft...
FAITH over fear!

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ImageAndi
Feb 20, 2014 2:36 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
The rechargeable "dust buster" vacuums may work on bugs. They would be easy to carry around the garden. It would be curious to see someone wheeling a shop vac around the yard vacuuming plants. I wonder if using a wide dry paint brush to knock the bugs off and a pail of soapy water to catch them would work. (I use a wet paint brush and pail of soapy water to get aphids). I am going to miss the old neighborhood kids during Japanese beetle season. They used to like to squish and stomp the for me!

They had good garden stuff at the dollar store today - I'll take pics and share. The regular store had a better price on little cups 40/$1 versus 20 or less for $1 at the dollar store. I even got a couple of packs of seeds - yes, my name is andi and I am a seedaholic. They were 4/$1. One can't have too many cactus zinnias, california poppies.....

I missed getting a calender this year. If I don't get a free one, I grab one half price in January. By the time I got out to the store, there weren't any calendars. I am going to try to print one out that fits my old school organizer. I need to update and redo my address book as well. I like to have a crash proof hard copy calendar and address book. I must be the only one still using an old fashioned hard copy organizer. I may have to find my old copy of Corel Draw 3 for a template. I haven't found one the right size, but I need top look some more.

I got a pineapple at the store, I am going to try growing the top as a houseplant. I also got mangoes, has anyone ever grown a mango pit?

Time to take Winston out and scrape some melting ice/slush off the porch, deck and walkways before it refreezes.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 20, 2014 3:12 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Well I'll be... Rolling on the floor laughing Now how am I supposed to make a million if somebody already has bug busters on the market. Hilarious!

Andi.... That is what I use a rechargable car vac. When the batteries are dead, I use an extension cord. I doubt the paint brush would work, but you could always try it. The squash bugs if you have never dealt with them before are smart and fast as greased lightening. Before you can even get your paint brush near them they would be on the move. They great at sensing any type of movement in the air. Even the slightest finger movement is enough to alert them of danger and go hide.

Colorado Potato beetles are just as fast and a pest too. I get so tired of them wrecking the eggplants. I scape eggs two and three times a day and still they destroy faster than you can keep up with them.

Boywinds are picking up big time here. Looked out the kitchen window and then backed up cuz leaves was hitting it and I wasn't ready for that. The next round will hit sometime tonight.
ImageAndi
Feb 20, 2014 4:50 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I haven't dealt with squash or potato bugs. I am trying squash and eggplant this year, if they get buggy, I'll come running here for help!

The paint brush/pail thing works on Japanese beetles. The bug zapper gets lots of them at night, too. (I realize that bug zappers are controversial in some circles, I have mine on a light sensor for night and only use it during Japanese beetle season and/or if the gnats are troublesome. Daytime beneficial insects are safe from zapping.) It is disturbing how much men enjoy bug zappers - laughing when it zaps a 'big one". No offense intended to the male population, maybe I just have an affinity for disturbing men!

EEWWWWW.....
http://video.agaclip.com/w=Ne42awm2YoK

LOL, the pink one looks like a piggy...
http://www.aliexpress.com/popular/bug-vacuum.html

A ladylike one for inside....
http://www.dannysvacuumshop.com/ladybug-vacuum-cleaner-rohne...

And my personal favorite....
http://www.homeharmonizing.com/2012/11/11/anteater-bug-vac-i...
jhgarden9
Feb 21, 2014 2:51 PM CST
Andi wrote:
, has anyone ever grown a mango pit?



I have. The first one I kept it in a small pot and as the house plant. I took out the husk for this one. It eventually died, I guess because I did not repot it. I later just burry the pits in the ground. Some with husks, some without. They sprouted. The seedling were about 6" to 8" before winter hit, and they all died during winter. I still leave the dead ones there. Don't want to turn the soil, hoping that they might not be completely dead. But, they don't look too promising.

I didn't move the seedlings into the house before winter hits was because mangoes are big trees. If they cannot survive the winter here, then even if I kept them in the house, eventually I will be running out of the space. dh would not want the foyer to be packed with all of the pots every winter.
Imagewildflowers
Feb 21, 2014 4:52 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Come to think of it, I've grown a mango pit too. It makes a really pretty plant. I grew several outside but even though I was living in zone 9 at the time, they didn't like the cold of winter and died. Maybe if I'd have brought them inside or had a greenhouse they would have liked that. Maybe mango could be kept as a house plant. It probably doesn't grow too big in a pot? Shrug!
FAITH over fear!

ImageMistirose
Feb 21, 2014 5:59 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
It wont grow too big in a container but it will also not produce in a container. I have researched it cuz hubby loves his Atalpho mangos
Imagewildflowers
Feb 24, 2014 12:13 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Here we go ~ the temps going up and down like a roller coaster which is usual for this time of year around here! Some of the wintersown seeds have sprouts but probably better bring them in so they won't freeze.

Daylilies from seeds I planted last year are poking up... I'm excited to see if they make flowers this year and what they look like (they didn't flower last year).

Shelling peas have sprouted, they're staying outside in the ground. Thumbs up
FAITH over fear!

Imagegreene
Feb 24, 2014 2:08 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Just came in from a yard walk. My Oenthera biensis seeds have germinated - this is the first-year rosette, so I need to mark off the area so as not to disturb them.
ImageJonnaSudenius
Feb 24, 2014 3:03 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Well, winter is still extremely mild here. More containers are showing germination. Hope we won't get hard frosts later. Don't like to loose my seedlings.
I sowed all the hardy seeds I got in the Piggy swap. Only the tender annuals have to wait until later. Will start them mid to late March indoors.

Imagestarlight1153
Feb 24, 2014 9:13 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
They're here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grumbling Grumbling Grumbling All it took was a couple of warm days and the ants are out and about. That not so bad, as for some things ants are need for germination of seeds, what I am having fits over is already they have started bringing out the aphids that the farmed over the winter.

I went to checking plants, always busy scouting everyday and thought dang did an ant make a nest in the pot until I took off my glasses and got a closer look and saw the aphids on the back of the leaves and a string of ants carry the aphids to the plants.

The arrival of the aphids reminded me of the article I wrote, so here it is if you to have problems with ants and aphids.

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/articles/view/1507/

ImageMistirose
Feb 24, 2014 9:50 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Great article Star!

I practiced letting go last year lol I had a lot of encouragement in the bug forum. but learned at least in my garden if I leave the aphids the lady bugs will come and stay around as long as there is food. Not sure it will work every time... Lovey dubby
Imagetcs1366
Feb 25, 2014 6:50 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Ella -- just read this on Facebook.... people post all sorts of 'do it yourself' things...

here is one for ants.

Ant Killer

1 empty water bottle
(Cut it down to about 2" tall)
5 Tbsp of baking soda
5 Tbsp of powdered sugar
3 Tbsp of water.

Take a small amount of powdered sugar & mix it with an equal amount of baking soda, the add the water.
Powdered sugar is essential. Do NOT Substitute granulated sugar for this or it will NOT work.

Mix the two powders together and then place small amounts against the walls or other areas where you would not normally walk but where you would normally see the ants.

The ants will be attracted to the sugar and will eat some of it and collect more to take home to feed others, so all of them will get their share.

The sugar and baking soda powders are similar in size and, once mixed together, the ants cannot separate the two items, so, as they eat the sugar, they will also ingest the baking soda, which they would otherwise never touch. This is the reason for using powdered sugar.

Once the ants eat the baking soda it will react with the formic acid in their stomachs and cause gas. The bodies of ants are unlike humans and they cannot eliminate gas so it will build up inside and eliminate them.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageMistirose
Feb 25, 2014 9:14 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I tried a sugar type ant bait but pulled it once I saw it covered with ladybugs and butterfly's Sad
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 25, 2014 12:04 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I know there all kinds of do it yourselves for just about anything anymore. I constantly come across posts that say using vinegar will get rid of rids. Most folks don't realize that it takes a specific type of vinegar that is chemically dangerous and requires use of masks and gloves and protective gear, plus who knows how long it will stay in your soil and kill your newly emerging seed or seedlings.

I have a lot of ant hills. Some are big, some are little. Some a let stay because they are needed to pollinate certain plants if I want seed. The rest I get rid of.

I think I will give the recipe you found Tcs a try and see what happens. I did buy several boxes of grits to put on the hills and with all the rain it usually only takes a day or two to kill the whole nest if I put enough grits out.

That's good to know Misti as most folks wouldn't maybe think about how the butterflies, ladybugs and the bees would be attracted to the bait and poisoned right along with the pests. That is why it is important to know what chems your using and the potential problems down the line from using them.
ImageAndi
Feb 25, 2014 12:24 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Oh, I hate aphids. As soon as spring breaks and my roses start to leaf out and set buds, the aphids arrive. I wash them right off and spray the new rose growth with neems oil spray (neems oil, soap, baking soda diluted with water in a spray bottle). I wait all winter for my roses, I am not going to let the aphids destroy the blooms!
Imagegreene
Feb 25, 2014 1:42 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Starlight/Ella -
Take a packet of Splenda and gently sprinkle it onto the ant mound trying not to disturb the ants. The will take it back inside and feed it to the other ants. They will get a tummy ache and move away from the area.

My daughter know how to make an all natural ant trap which works pretty good. I'll be back later tonight with the details - gotta ask my daughter so I make sure to get the directions correct.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 26, 2014 9:35 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Thumbs up Thumbs up Today I became the proud mommy of my first sprouts of the season. I so happy. My feet is doing the snoopy dance all over the place. Got me some hot peppers up. Oh ya.

Pouring rain here and temps are steadily dropping as we get ready to hit the high teens again tonight. Brrrrrrrrr.

I am actually beginning to wonder if my trees will have any leaves this year. I know nut production is going to be very minimal if at all. When we had that first warm couple of days back several weeks ago I watched the buds open and the new leaves emerge all over the place. Than the arctic blast came and all those newly emerged leaves froze and died.

I have since been looking at the trees constantly. Broken branches from the ice and snow and cold. Than the past couple of days we had a warm up again and a few new buds emerged and they too have been slowly unfurling their leaves and now with the new polar plunge those new leaves too are going to be killed off.

What is sad too is so many of the Red Bud and Cherry trees are all in bloom and the wet ice tonight will de-flower them too.

I have a feeling it is not only veggies that are going to be high priced this year but also fruits and nuts too.
Imagewildflowers
Feb 26, 2014 11:06 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Awhile back someone was asking about making paper pots ~ I think? Anyway I ran across this tutorial this morning ~

http://allthingsplants.com/ideas/view/ShadyGreenThumb/925/Tu...

Congratulations Star, on your first new babies of the year!! Hurray!

I think that's why spring is my favorite season, when everything starts fresh and new and little seedlings sprout!! Big Grin

FAITH over fear!

ImageMistirose
Feb 26, 2014 11:46 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Congrats Star! Hurray!

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