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8/6/09 9:03 P

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WE will have 3 times the amount of beds we have now and to water on a daily basis would be too time consumming, I am sure by next year we will have drip

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8/5/09 10:44 P

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There can be an issue with water getting on the leaves of the plants so using a soaker hose can alleviate that. You really should never touch your plant leaves when they are wet. You can easily spread viruses, wilts and bacteria. JMHO

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I realize that drip irrigation/soaker hoses are considered a better way of watering gardens, but I have discovered that in the heat of summer I can put on a swimsuit and a pair of shorts, turn on the sprinkler and weed the garden in the heat of the day and stay cool by getting sprinkled. Its kind of fun. Reminds me a playing in the sprinkler when I was a kid. emoticon

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8/5/09 9:35 A

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I put my soaker hose throughout my garden this year...and haven't needed it at all..oh well. It works great though from my past experience with it.

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8/5/09 7:28 A

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Next year I plan on putting most of my garden on soaker hoses. Watering from above has helped promote mold growing on my curcurbits. Plus the time factor is important, as is overuse of a resource.



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8/5/09 12:57 A

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We will put our garden on a drip system soon. I think that it will work much better and save a lot of time. It seems like now it takes over an hour to water everything we have at present, this will be another learing experience. Always something new.

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I never stop learning about gardening, that is one of the things I love about it.

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8/4/09 7:48 A

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I agree...this is a learning process..I still learn something new every season and I've been gardening for about 30 years! Every season is different and brings its own challenges and successes. Not every season is the same. Maybe that's another reason it keeps my interest.

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8/4/09 1:35 A

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I have learned so much from people here on this thread and other threads as well. I love spark people

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8/3/09 10:23 A

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It is a life long learning process. I keep a written journal just of hints and tips that I have figured out or learned here on the threads.

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8/3/09 12:40 A

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This is all a learning process. This is our 3rd year and each year we learn something new

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8/2/09 8:28 P

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I don't have any tips, but I am reading a great book about the the perils of organic gardening... heh, The $64 Tomato by William Alexander. It's so funny... and so frustrating... I bought it this morning and have been reading it all day. I've even learned a few things about what to do, what not to do.

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You are right in using the university as a resource. And no, japanese beetles are not known to be in California, yet.......Just hope they never make it. I used to think squash bugs were the worst but now I know better.

Good luck and don't give up on gardening. Many californians have had gorgeous gardens. And with your state's economy you may need that garden to help feed yourself. My DS lives in Hemet, CA and is struggling like a crazy person to keep his head above water.

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8/2/09 2:54 A

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Thanks for the tips and support everyone!!! And I am glad to know I am not the only one having 'issues'! To ANNROBERTS54: I live in Wildomar (between Elsinore and Temecula, if you have ever even heard of them!)---basically about halfway between LA and San Diego. No problems with dear here. Have seen a few Japanese Beetles. But the main culprits have been the squirrels. I see them daily and there are just too many for Fred, my rottie, to eat (try as he may). Since we are on the topic of insects also, I did go out and cut my grapevines back because there are no grapes left on the majority of them and I found a ton of small worms--about 1/4 inch long, bright yellow with a couple of dark blue rings around them--I think they are the caterpillars from some flying insects we had 1 -2 months ago. Those were the most beautiful irridescent dark blue. All of a sudden they are gone and now the worms are everywhere. The grape leaves looked like they had been sucked dry---you could see right through them. They appeared almost like lace. So, if anyone has any ideas what they are, I would love to know! Have been waiting for UC Riverside to begin fall classes because they have tremendous agriculture and entymology departments there so I figured I would just give them a call since they are my alma mater, after all! Well, best wishes to all of you on your gardens! At this point I am just hoping for the best and trying to laugh about mine! emoticon emoticon

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I have not seen beetles in my garden...I live in California

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Wanda-I am not sure where you live but you may have Japanese beetles eating your grapes. Are the leaves riddled with holes? Are there copper colored beetles hanging around?

Also is there any chance deer could be the problem with the bigger holes and larger items being eaten?

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8/1/09 1:35 A

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Sorry to hear about your garden. We have wonderful dogs that keep almost everything out of our yard period. The gopher problem we took care of when we built our garden. We did raised beds and put Hardware cloth down in all of the beds. It was expensive but it works like a charm. We have had a lovely garden so far...


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What a shame! Our dogs and some neighbors cats take care of keeping most of the critters out of my garden, but I do have a vole, chipmunk and a few rabbits I'm sharing with this year. The vole actually sits and watches me when I'm working in the garden...ugh. I have long chats with him/her and so far we are able to get along. The squirrels are my dogs' favorite chase toy.

I see you have dogs...don't they like to chase them away?

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7/30/09 8:27 P

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WOW! After reading these posts, I am really glad I can only deck garden now!

Best of luck to everyone with their pest problems!

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A lot of mammals do NOT like the taste and/or the smell of cayenne pepper and jalapeo pepper. You can make a spray by tossing a jalepeo or 2 (or some cayenne) in a blender full of water, liquefy it then strain it through cheese cloth and into a spray bottle. You do have to spray it after each rain, but it does help a lot.
P.S. sprinkle a little cayenne in the bird feeder with the bird seed to keep squirrels away. birds don't mind it.

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A few years ago was the year of the locust. Not a real garden problem, though our back yard has a maple tree that was around 17 years earlier. The problem developed with the tomatoes. Seems we had a bumper crop of baby squirrels. And squirrels like to eat tomatoes (at least a bite) and run along the fence displaying their catch. Funny thing was, they wouldn't touch the yellow tomatoes. Well, it turned out that the store I had bought the yellow tomatoes at went out of business that winter. And I got a dog, which is another type of critter control. Now I have a small front garden too, which the dog can't protect as easily, and some kind of critter developed a fancy for fava beans, so I had lots of pods with little holes right where the beans had been. Organic means some critter's happy and healthy.

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7/30/09 6:40 P

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We usually lose at least part of our garden to deer, rabbits and an armadillo but this year we planted a jalapeno pepper plant, just one, in a 10x30 plot and nothing has been touched. Maybe try that?

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The squirrels ravage my garden as well as mom's fruit trees. They multiple like rabbits, so traps are useless. My neighbor has netting over his entire yard and I think that keeps most of the critters out.

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Sorry Wanda, it sounds like you need a trap. Be sure to drop the critter far away and not in a county park...that is a favorite place to drop critters and they get overrun.





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Ok...this is the second year I have had a garden in many years. All was going well (except for a minor gopher problem) until 2 days ago when.....my green beens were eaten, a cantaloupe was eaten, cantaloupe vines were eaten at the ends, tomatoes were eaten, pumpkin vines were trampled and partially eaten, and massive holes were discovered in my garden. I should have been thankful for the gopher, because I apparently have either a possum or a raccoon dining in my garden now. Also, a month ago I had a million grapes on my vines---seriously---now, I am getting ready to cut the vines back because something has been eating the leaves and, of course, the squirrels have eaten almost all of the grapes. Seriously, on each bunch, there are 1-3 grapes left. Next year will I do organic gardening again? Probably. But right now I feel like finding about a ton of nuclear waste to throw in and around the garden. But, with my luck, I will probably just create some super race of rodents that will eat my dogs, house, and kids too. AARRRGGHHHH...... On the bright side, my mint is flourishing and I did get 1 cucumber! emoticon

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