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Old 08-25-2023, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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That's good. We've considered that too, but honestly our pests are controllable. We've tried to encourage beneficial insects- like leaving paper wasp nests alone (unless they are in a spot like near a door). Yellowjackets fly around the garden and they don't bother us when we're in there- so leave them alone.

The birds- that I think is a function of our environment. Basically we have a little green and moist oasis in the middle of a dry desert.
We feed the birds and they nest in our trees, and I planted tons of wildflowers and we have volunteer sunflowers. I feel like I've done what I can do.

I did buy ladybugs on year because I had aphids EVERYWHERE. I read up on how to keep them in the area, and a few days later they were gone.

This year has been awesome though, few pests. Anyway, off to plant some fall seeds to see if I can prolong the growing season!
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Old 08-25-2023, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I have no idea of how to propagate natural predators in my area.

BUT, thuricide is not a pesticide, it is a biologic. Everything I use is organic, and has worked well
The two hornworms that I found on a plant looked like this: https://extension.umn.edu/yard-and-g...0the%20cocoons.

Wasps for the win!
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Old 08-25-2023, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Centre Wellington, ON
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The two hornworms that I found on a plant looked like this: https://extension.umn.edu/yard-and-g...0the%20cocoons.

Wasps for the win!
I had hornworms last year and 3/4 of them were parasitized by the warm larvae, so it worked out well. No hornworms this year.
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Old 08-26-2023, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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The two hornworms that I found on a plant looked like this: https://extension.umn.edu/yard-and-g...0the%20cocoons.

Wasps for the win!
That's awesome! Let those wasps eat the tomato robbers!
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Old 08-26-2023, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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FINALLY! A tomato nearing ripeness! I called it- end of August.



Peppers, onions, potatoes and the wildflower patch in the back. Big tomatillo plant to the left.



Mo' peppers



Left to right- carrots, onions, yellow wax beans and green beans and they are stuffed with beans.



Oh and dill- TONS of dill. Anyone want dill? You pay postage and it's yours. Those are all volunteers. The entire garden smells like a dill pickle, lol.
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Old 08-27-2023, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Capital Region, NY
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Impressive garden, Threerun. Wow.

My little garden has been producing green beans and cherry tomatoes in abundance lately. The herbs did well too, parsley, basil, and cilantro. Chard looks good and made it through the heat. Peppers are producing again, lol. Not sure if they’ll make it as we are running out of daylight.

The bigger tomatoes are looking good, but also very late.

I wasn’t going to plant the cherry tomatoes but now I’m glad I did. I harvest a small bowl nearly daily, and we eat them breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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Old 08-29-2023, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Groundcherry's and bingo beans

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Old 08-30-2023, 09:38 PM
 
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All that dill that sprouted, well it has an interesting hungry bug in it!





Apparently it is an anise swallowtail butterfly and they LOVE dill. They'll lay their eggs on it and the larvae feast upon it!

https://www.joyfulbutterfly.com/prod...t%20them%20all!

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Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a wonderful herb, from the celery family, for attracting Black and Anise Swallowtail butterflies to your garden. It’s a popular host plant, meaning that the adult female butterflies will lay their eggs on it to feed their caterpillars. Dill seed and leaves are very popular as a culinary herb in many dishes, dressings and dips–if the caterpillars don’t eat them all!
https://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDet...ode=IILEP94090

Well buddy you are more than welcome to eat as much dill as you want!
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Old 08-30-2023, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Centre Wellington, ON
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I've been having a hard time growing dill, but I found a swallowtail caterpillar on my flowering 2nd year parsley instead.
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Old 08-30-2023, 09:58 PM
 
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I've been having a hard time growing dill, but I found a swallowtail caterpillar on my flowering 2nd year parsley instead.
Yes parsley and carrot in a garden attract them as well. We’re going to out tomorrow and do a more thorough inspection and count. We were going to harvest the dill but if they’re loaded with swallowtails we’ll let ‘em go.

BTW our dill took a few years and this year wow! 6 ft tall plants and stalks as fat as a carrot.
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