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Old 03-21-2013, 03:16 AM
 
Location: Happy in Utah
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I dust the leaves of my tomato plants with cayenne pepper, to keep critters off of them. Plus it gives nosy neighbors something to talk about. I also plant snapdragons next to my plants, to keep my 4yrold from them because snapdragons bite.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Went around the corner & now I'm lost!!!!
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i dust the leaves of my tomato plants with cayenne pepper, to keep critters off of them. Plus it gives nosy neighbors something to talk about. I also plant snapdragons next to my plants, to keep my 4yrold from them because snapdragons bite.
ROFL, got to use that line of the next child that comes in my backyard
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:22 PM
 
Location: NC
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Isn't there something you're supposed to plant by the light of a full moon? Not a gardener, but maybe I'm mixing this up with something else, like a cure for warts? LOL
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:28 PM
 
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Isn't there something you're supposed to plant by the light of a full moon? Not a gardener, but maybe I'm mixing this up with something else, like a cure for warts? LOL
Yes! You are almost/sorta/kinda right. I use the following method every year.

Plant on a waxing moon all plants prized for their above ground edibles
(tomatoes, basil, fruit, nuts, etc.).

Plant on a waning moon all underground edibles (carrots, potatoes, beets, peanuts, etc.).

Also, I bribe my two grandsons to pee directly onto my citrus trees; well, around the tree line. I have the best lemons in our neighborhood so it sure works for me.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Went around the corner & now I'm lost!!!!
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Isn't there something you're supposed to plant by the light of a full moon? Not a gardener, but maybe I'm mixing this up with something else, like a cure for warts? LOL
Buy a Farmer's Almanac if you want this kind of info. It evidently worked for decades but it does have some wierd stuff in it.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:00 PM
 
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I get it, you are smart I wont question that. One question I do have is how do you explain the fact that the plants my co-worker put match sticks underneath produced bell peppers and the ones she didn't produced no peppers? Its ok to leave scientific explanations/terminology/lab results behind and have a little fun with life. A lot of the old timer tricks were brought about because they didn't have a ton of money, they were resourceful, used what they had in their sheds, garages or drawers, not what they figured out after extensive scientific research. I'll have fun with my garden this year, try some new things...if they dont work I'll give you and science props! P.S. I started this thread for some good old tricks that people have tried, that have worked, not for scientific explanations. None the less have a good day!
Thanks for starting this thread! I just love old-timer tips, & just ignore the know-it-alls who tsk-tsk everything away. I plant by the signs of the moon, & could care less whether or not "studies" have proven....bla bla bla. After many years of trial & error, it truly does work for me.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:31 PM
 
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I love all types of old-time tips - gardening, cooking, cleaning, etc. Old folks were much more resourceful and didn't run to the store for the latest chemical to solve their problem. What could have been a really nice thread has been hijacked by a few know-it-alls that must prove their knowledge is superior to those who rely on natural and old-time methods.

For those who want to grow using the scientific method, fine. For those who want to try other methods, go for it. I believe that a true gardener knows that successful gardening is achieved by lots of trial and error and is an ongoing learning process.
Reps to ya! This is supposed to be a fun thread. I grow organic, refuse to use harmful chemicals on the food I eat & feed to my family, utilize companion planting & permaculture practices, and it has worked very well for me! You don't need chemicals to grow a good garden. Time to utilize the block function,methinks.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Isn't there something you're supposed to plant by the light of a full moon? Not a gardener, but maybe I'm mixing this up with something else, like a cure for warts? LOL
I've heard of this for planting corn, apparently crows being very intelligent will watch were you plant your corn and dig it up after you leave, I think the full moon is so you can see while you sneak your corn seed into the ground.


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Old 03-23-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Buy a Farmer's Almanac if you want this kind of info. It evidently worked for decades but it does have some wierd stuff in it.
The Farmer's Almanac is written and printed a couple of miles from my home, I had a brother-in-law that worked there and gave me a copy every xmas.


bill
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Went around the corner & now I'm lost!!!!
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The Farmer's Almanac is written and printed a couple of miles from my home, I had a brother-in-law that worked there and gave me a copy every xmas.


bill
Your so lucky!! That book is interesting and expensive for it's size but packed with info. I wished I understood it better than I do.
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