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IPM for the Home Garden.
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IPM for the Home Garden.
Hehehe, gotta start blasting the forums with gardening posts, it's just that time of the year. To all of the gardeners out there, have you ever considered writing an IPM Plan (Integrated Pest Management), or do you already have a system that could be closely called IPM? IPM is standard practice for large farms, and even though the standard practices for large farms are often incompatible with the home garden, this is not one of those occasions. Large producers have a buffer against pests that we do not, unbelievably large numbers of plants. To the home gardener, the loss of one tomato vine can translate to a 50-100% loss. How many times have you scrambled to the garden center to put out a fire, terrified that you're biggest yielding cultivar has already been damaged beyond all repair? IPM is the answer!

What are the common pests in your area, do you plant a large number of one family of plants susceptible to the same diseases or prone to the same pests? How much do you know about these pests and diseases? Have you had trouble with disease or pests in the past? Let's geek out about it!
It's bad for the rest of the world when americans are paid so little they can only afford chocolate mined by child slaves and clothes made in overseas sweatshops. - Robyn Pennacchia
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#2
RE: IPM for the Home Garden.
My worst enemy was Japanese beetles to my roses...then I moved to NC.

Haven't had a real problem since. None of the veggies suffered from anything except the heat.
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RE: IPM for the Home Garden.
Nothing creeping a crawling around the yard, no disease whatsoever..I'm considering moving all of a sudden..lol. Mexican beetles and fungus up here.
It's bad for the rest of the world when americans are paid so little they can only afford chocolate mined by child slaves and clothes made in overseas sweatshops. - Robyn Pennacchia
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I mean, no one was growin' anything but weeds here, so maybe they just haven't caught on. My azaleas lost it to a thirsty maple and mites, and my phlox suffered the mites too, but we're relatively pest free at this house - not even vermin really...not with the feral cats around. I do get aphids, but not so bad. You have this whole thing planned out. I couldn't eat my crops fast enough. That's what you get with fallow ground.
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RE: IPM for the Home Garden.
My plans are just long lists of things that go wrong. Consider the religious tomato experiment..lol.
It's bad for the rest of the world when americans are paid so little they can only afford chocolate mined by child slaves and clothes made in overseas sweatshops. - Robyn Pennacchia
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RE: IPM for the Home Garden.
Heh. Well. I know the man to turn to.
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I've added a little doohicky I suspect to be complete and utter garbage to my IPM this year. A little solar powered "ultra-sonic" deterrent. Says it scares off all the critters (probably ghosts too). I'm in it for the giggles.
It's bad for the rest of the world when americans are paid so little they can only afford chocolate mined by child slaves and clothes made in overseas sweatshops. - Robyn Pennacchia
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RE: IPM for the Home Garden.
What for?
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RE: IPM for the Home Garden.
I'm measuring it against the yardstick of some extremely smart squirrels. They got probably 70% of my tomatoes, and half of my watermelons last year.
(I handle the rabbits with an aluminum pipe and pro aim)
It's bad for the rest of the world when americans are paid so little they can only afford chocolate mined by child slaves and clothes made in overseas sweatshops. - Robyn Pennacchia
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RE: IPM for the Home Garden.
I suppose I'll not argue about those feral cats...
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