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Plantidote of the Day 2012-01-02

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rose garden

Rose garden

It was 83 degrees here in Zone 10 yesterday, so the roses are happy and they're not the only ones ;-) Southern California usually has a warm spell during Limo Season (the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards, which is about as close to a religious event as we get). So here's a little preview of spring/summer to start the year right.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Submitted by jerztomato on

And here I thought the Plantidote of the day was in honor of the Rose Parade today :)

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Submitted by twig on

Apparently I have not made clear my disdain for sporting events -- especially ones that involve strip mining every last flower on the planet and hot-gluing them onto mobile ads for parasitic companies that sell stuff no one needs.

Anyway, that happened yesterday, no?

Submitted by Alcuin on

You have now! LOL! I'd expect nothing less of a Corrente-ite, though.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

If there was a competitive gardening event, I would suggest a slug fest :bigsmile: how many can you capture, dead or alive in 1 hour. (My favorite slugicide is a spritz of vinegar......leaves no unsightly slime behind, but then how can I prove I got them?)

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Submitted by twig on

but we might have to wait until spring, when they start coming out here. Actually, mine are snails, but same slime and nasty plant-sucking habits. They're just cuter.

Vinegar, huh? News to me, but that's worth a try. We already did the beer-in-a- saucer deal. The dogs loved the beer, unfortunately. We had quite an interesting walk down the street that day!

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Submitted by jerztomato on

:p I found out by accident. In 2010 had the deck redone. One morning there was a HUGE slug at the front door. I didn't want step on it so I went back to the kitchen and got my spray bottle of vinegar (I use it to clean the counters,floor and windows) and spritzed the sucker. For a moment I had thought about using a sprinkling of salt, because that works, but leaves a desiccated body (and stain) . The vinegar just made it melt away like the Wicked Witch of the West! Now I use it in the green house because the are ALWAYS slugs on the walls. Yes, I have slugs all year round.
Vinegar should not be used recklessly though. Watch what you spray. It makes a good spot killer (works on fleshy plants - weeds) Although a higher concentrate vinegar is best for that.
Beer works as an attractant (so does yeast dissolved in water), but I've seen raccoons drink it (with or without escargot?)

Submitted by lambert on

The seed catalog came today.... We should start posting on winter gardening thoughts, though maybe there isn't winter as I know it where you are.....

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Submitted by jerztomato on

The problem with winter here is lack of sunlight. I planted lettuce late Nov (in the green house) but only have mold to show for it. Yes, I have 2 fans on 24 hrs. to circulate the air. I will just have to settle using the green house to overwinter some tropicals.

I needed a new heat mat to start seeds (wiring in the old one became to frayed to repair) and I'm to cheap to buy a new one. I subscribe to a newsletter called vegetable gardener that had plans on how to build one cheap using rope lights. (how fortuitous, cheap Christmas colored ones on sale!) Using left over wood from other projects and 12 feet of rope light, Mr Tomato put together a mat for me for $6.99 (cost of lights) It's 3x the size of my original mat. Now I have to go to the $1 store to get 3 cookie sheets to lay over the new mat.

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