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Gardening slippers
Although I have seeds for some amazing varieties of eggplant, those seeds that germinate in pots in and among our bouts of hot Santa Ana winds don't survive well due to the seedlings' leaves being eaten up in little pinprick holes.  One seedling survives in the garden.

All transplanted cucumber seedlings have been completely eaten, even with cages around them, so it must be cutworms or cucumber beetles or some such, unless the racoons ate them and then replaced the cages.

Today I purchased from the Clairemont North Park Produce store one Black Beauty and three Japanese Long Eggplant plants in pots. Though they were covered in green aphids, I brushed the aphids off before taking them home, and I hope that by transplanting them in potting soil with a large quantity of added worm castings, they can fight the aphids off.  In hopes of preserving them from the pests in the back yard, I planted them in 5 gallon plastic pots discarded by my neighbor and placed them in the side yard.  The soil is potting mix with a healthy dose of compost with steer manure, and added handfuls of worm castings.  At least I know the plants can't possibly have been sprayed with any bee killing pesticides.

Around the edges of each pot, I seeded eight Marketmore Cucumber seeds.  The package indicated this particular cucumber variety does well in hotter as well as cooler weather.

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chorale
May. 27th, 2014 04:39 am (UTC)
Have you ever used insecticidal soap on your aphids? Do you happen to know if that is a bee killer? I have used it in the past with good results, but I wasn't very aware of bees back then. It is just soap that is mixed with water. It's not dishwashing liquid, but I don't recall now what kind of soap it specifically is.

Aphids lay eggs so be advised to keep an eye on your new plants.
stellatangdele
Jul. 28th, 2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
The lemon dish soap, garlic, onion and water mixture appears to have killed off the aphids, so I'll go with that for now. I also like the fact that it is free.
chorale
Jul. 29th, 2014 03:00 am (UTC)
Free is very good!
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