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Re: Help! Cucumber beetles have taken over the garden.

Jsig, garlic-based pesticides ward off aphids, cabbage loopers, grasshoppers, June bugs, leafhoppers, mite, squash bugs, slugs and whiteflies. Garlic also prevents fungus and has antibacterial properties. Using it in combination with a horticultural oil like neem will slow down the cucumber beetle. For quick action, use a cordless vacuum early in the morning before most beneficial insects are moving. Look for the cb's on the sunny side of plants, structures, your house, etc. and quite a few can be neutralized with the vac. Next, look for their larvae around any plant that has large surface roots, like corn, sunflowers, sunchokes, amaranth, etc. and suck them up as well. Finally, a long-term biological solution is to apply beneficial nematodes 4-6 weeks before the first frost or in early spring when the soil temp is above 55 degrees F. supplies a mix of two types--Hetrorhabditis bacteriophora / Steinernema carpocapsae--that is highly effective as a biological control.

Re: Re-Growing Your Tomatoes

I believe that any plant in the tomato family has this attribute. I plant my peppers the same way that I plant tomatoes.

Re: My 2010 Raised beds garden

rheffner5, you can reduce the cost of construction of the cement block construction by putting down just one layer of blocks to the size that you want. Then, cap the blocks with an AC2 2x8 treated wood frame that has a 1x8 footer board attached to cover the holes in the blocks. For example, a 96" x 64" bed (18 blocks) with this type of construction would cost about $40-45. Works great wherever rainfall or soil moisture is high. Because the frame is not directly on the ground, it lifespan is increased. To protect the larger frame even better, use a 2x4 frame beneath the 2x8. That way, when you need to repair the wood, you will probably only have to replace the 2x4 boards. Using beneficial nematodes to control soil pests will also increase the life cycle of the wood.