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Old 06-05-2018, 07:55 PM   #1
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So we get home and

The pool is bright green from all the rain, the yard is 2 feet tall, an armadillo has apparently dug under the corner of the porch foundation. The garden is done until fall, I'll till it and cover it with plastic to kill nematodes . The Jackfruit appears to have 7 fruit started. Since each one can weigh over 15 Lbs we do not need many. And the litchi is covered with fruit! And it taste good too, I've tried store bought and they are either bland or sour. These are juicy and sweet.
If I could have the weather from up there life would be good. High 90's with high 90% humidity means the yard work is going to suck.
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Old 06-05-2018, 08:00 PM   #2
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But it was worth it, correct.
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I thought nematodes were used to kill other bug larvae, like chafer beetle.
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Maybe up there but down here in the south we have root knot and sting nematodes . They will wipe out your garden if you do not control them. In the good old days I could use vapam to sterilize the soil. Now I use lots of organics and crushed crab and shrimp shells mixed in so beneficial organisms that control them can develop along with the heat. If you cover the garden it will cook the first couple inches of the soil and the other predators are waiting for them under that.

I can grow tomatoes and green peppers and such in our garden. Most others around here have to grow them in pots.


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commercial fields can still use chemicals for a few more years under their exceptions. But when that runs out I wonder how they will handle the nematodes and other pest.
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We came home to cactus blossoms---(? nema-crawlers?) roses, and one little bull snake. Prefer the roses.
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I thought nematodes were used to kill other bug larvae, like chafer beetle.
It seems that most of these "biological controls" turn out to be disasters, since the critters introduced to eat the bad critters almost always find something they like to eat better, and become harmful pests themselves. Maybe it works sometimes...
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