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Darn those squash beetles!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Anita Mahaffey Mar 18, 2010.

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Janine replied to Debbie's discussion Darn those squash beetles!
"ain't NO WAY I'm gonna hand pick bugs up or off! THEN make a pepper spray outta them? Erika, start yerself a business I get the shop vac, that's easy and i don't have to touch 'em."
Mar 18, 2010
Ericka replied to Debbie's discussion Darn those squash beetles!
"First, you must catch an attack lizard. Then, GENTLY put the saddle on his back-he will fight it! OH! wait I think I am confusing the lizard with a hoofed animal-nevermind :)"
Mar 17, 2010
Debbie replied to Debbie's discussion Darn those squash beetles!
"Where does one acquire an attack lizard? And are they good with chickens?"
Mar 17, 2010
Judy replied to Debbie's discussion Darn those squash beetles!
"We had an infestation of squash bugs, the grey kind, in our demonstration garden last summer and did a lot of picking and squashing. Was involved with this process one morning and disturbed Mr. Toad hiding in the squash plant who, after a short…"
Mar 16, 2010
Ericka replied to Debbie's discussion Darn those squash beetles!
"I tried the board trick-it works but you have to squish every morning, and be ready cause they run when they see you. I focused on wiping off the eggs while on the leaves, squishing some and flicking other into the soil. I figured there is way more…"
Mar 16, 2010
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Two for two

"Keep it up K. !!"
Mar 15, 2010
Debbie replied to Debbie's discussion Darn those squash beetles!
"This is what it looked like not a beetle a squash bug..."
Mar 15, 2010
Ericka replied to Debbie's discussion Darn those squash beetles!
"OK, let me clarify. I have had squash bugs-not beetles. Here is a gross picture of them. Larva and adults. They stink like gross rotten green apples when you squish them. I have found nothing that eats the adults, and the larva will be eaten by…"
Mar 15, 2010
Ericka replied to Debbie's discussion Darn those squash beetles!
"I had the same issue 2 years running. Last summer, I hand picked them off the plants, squished their eggs, and nymphs too. I managed to curb them to manageable. They over winter and will be back for sure. On my page there is a biodynamic method of…"
Mar 15, 2010
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Darn those squash beetles!

Last year my gorgeous zucchini and pumpkins had their lives cut short by nasty squash beetles , whoIquickly and literally sucked life right out of them..My question is ..can I do anything to be proactive about PREVENTING the squash beetles?See More
Mar 14, 2010
Debbie replied to Melin's discussion Turnip greens and Beet Greens in the group Growing Gourmet
"Saute with a little high quality local bacon from the Meat Shop ...."
Mar 10, 2010

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I have been composting with worms for quite some time and love to have my elementary students study them as well. They are pretty good at eating up our veggie scraps. the worms not the students.

We are rebuilding our chicken coop and hopefully have chickens soon.

I am in the process of planting my garden after a 2 year hiatus. I want to be able to use my own tomatoes , herbs, and zucchini for cooking. I also want to compost more of our scraps back into the garden.

April Brings

From the start of this renewed passion of mine I have looked forward those times I could smile and ,be proud and harvest. Today was one of those moments , after checking the chickens this morning ,I pulled off some swiss chard , sauteed it with chives and bacon and then poured scrambled eggs over it ! Delicious! My own nutritious greens !

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Chicks, Man !

Well with just a little suggestion to my husband we are back to having chicks ! yeah.I enjoyed having them before and have missed the fun . Yesterday we purchased 5 chicks at Pratts, 2 Americana, 2 black and white , can't remeber and then headed over to Stock Shop and picked up a Polish and a Silky. They quickly settled into our baby coop . We put in our back garage with a lamp and they seem cozy and happy.Boy do they eat though!! My daughter has already named them all and love to peek in on… Continue

Posted on March 8, 2009 at 6:20pm — 3 Comments

Well Hello Permaculture..

I have slowly become more aware that many of my "farmy" interests are not only fun but beneficial to reducing the waste and helping the environment. years ago I was an avid gardener and raised chickens.

But pregnancy and motherhood combined with a busy life style slowed me down and I gave up my gardening interests. But the baby is quite

responsible and grown up and it's time to pursue my interests.

I ma the process of creating my garden/composting . chicken area and hope to have… Continue

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 10:58pm — 1 Comment

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At 10:19am on January 15, 2010, David Mericle, Karl Barton said…
i would love to come and get a cutting or two, i have to be at the market downtown in the morning as I am a vendor...would there be a time in the afternoon I could swing by?
feel free to call 602-448-1502
At 9:25pm on January 12, 2010, David Mericle, Karl Barton said…
Debbie, you had mentioned on a post regarding chickens and blackberries...would it be possible to get a cutting of you blackberry plant ??
I would love to try root one. I lived in the Seattle for years and I miss the blackberries and would love to get some started here.
At 1:48pm on May 4, 2009, Lisa Taylor said…
Hey Debbie,
Thanks for the info on canyonland worms - I'll check them out too!

At 8:11pm on April 29, 2009, Trinidad Cardona said…
Thanks Debbie !!
At 5:30pm on April 28, 2009, Windlord said…
Thanks, I feel welcome already!
At 8:14pm on April 25, 2009, Elizabeth M said…
well, the solution was to entomb them. in the end, we did nothing! they are still there and happily pollinating our garden.
At 4:45pm on April 25, 2009, Lisa Taylor said…
Hi Debbie,
I'm actually not looking for worms myself - I'm just looking for a local source to refer others to. I've hear about this place called Wonder Worm, but can't seem to locate it. Do you have worms to share? I just taught a worm class this morning at the market, and there were a few people potentially interested in setting up worm bins... if you have any, I could put them in contact with you...

At 12:29pm on April 17, 2009, Julie Norgaard said…
So true - Jane Doyle also lives in the Farms and I think there are several others over on this side of town...I have been so busy lately (and probably through May) that I am finding it hard to keep up with all that is happening on the boards - I am going to the preservation class this Saturday from 10:30 - Noon to learn how to can all these tomatoes I'm growing :)...should be ready in May.
At 8:34pm on March 15, 2009, Jenna Peterson said…
Thanks, Debbie!
At 8:48am on March 9, 2009, Julie Norgaard said…
Hi Debbie - we've lived in Sunburst farms for 2 years this May and we love it! We live between 43d & 45th Ave on Port Au Prince - the neighbors are great and the dogs and cats have a lot more room to roam. I have two gardens as of this year and we hope to build a chicken coop in the fall - how great that you are getting back into the chicks and gardening! Let me know if I can help in any way - have become a champion shoveler lately with the advent of the second garden. - we did it as frugally as possible so a lot of manual labor was involved :). My current gardens have 14 tomato plants so maybe we can swap eggs for tomatoes in a little while :). Welcome to the PermaCulture Guild - I've taken 7 or 8 classes and really enjoy it - check out Az Homegrown as well - more of a Victory Garden and community involvement slant.

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