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9/6/09 8:31 A

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This year I planted nasturiums, borage and marigolds all around the garden and I have to say that I had very few problems with bugs and didn't need to use any chemicals to control them. Just a thought if you are starting to plan for next year :)

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9/3/09 10:01 P

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They could be an aphid we had cucumber beetles hit our plants,I will ask my better half and we spray them with some sort of spray.I can't think of the name right now I will get back to you on that.I will ask my better half he did it so he'll tell me the name.He will know what your bugs are and what to do to remedy the problem.

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5/29/09 9:43 P

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It does sound like you need to spray. If they eat the blooms, you won't have any veggetables.

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they are so small they look like a speck of dirt to me. and that's what i thought they were at first but then i noticed them under the leave itself.

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Are the tiny black bugs eating holes in the flowers (very well may be flea beetles) or are they just running around on the surface (like thrips)? You might want to take a sample of them to a local nursery or county extension service.If they are flea beetles try Ipodwalks recipe or rotenone (also natural)to control them.

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If they are bugs, and they are flea beetles (these little black monsters decimated my egg plant last year) then I have a suggestion. I've been making this natural insecticide/repellent this year and it seems to be working really well. I make 'tea' out of hot peppers (bought dried from an Indian grocery store), peppermint (I have some growing in my yard), and garlic. I put maybe a third of a cup of this tea in my household sprayer (about a quart I think) added a squirt of Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap (as a 'sticker' to help the tea adhere to the leaves) and filled the rest with water. I keep it out by the garden and spray my plants after it rains. So far, so good. The rest I have stored for later in the season. My late husband used to make this concoction, and this is the first year I have tried it since he died. I am not worried about the kids or animals being poisoned by insecticides and it is very inexpensive to make.

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i have a small garden that i've started indoors this year. It squash, zuchinni and cucumbers. They are now planted outside and i've noticed tiny black things on the flowers so i'm assuming they are bugs. Will they kill the plant and what should i do about this?

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