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Old May 23, 2017   #31
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Colorful metallic twister ties from the dollar store -- to mark fruit from bagged blossoms for seed-saving

Mantis 4-cycle tiller -- lightweight, but powerful enough to tear through sod
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Old May 23, 2017   #32
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Nice! Thumbs up on the reflective plastic too!
Thanks. That is cucumbers and zucchini in the high tunnel. We put up a 26x96 this spring and i filled in a week. The silver for the zucchini is an experiment to see if the squash bugs take longer to find them.
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Old May 23, 2017   #33
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Maybe if you have diseases. It certainly could be soaked in bleach/soap cleaner as i do
with re-using starting pots/cell trays.

Velcro type rolls have been available in garden centers for years but it is expensive and
really cheap quality. I used a good one 10-15 yrs ago but no longer available...

Where do you get the cable ties you show in your photo?
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Old June 6, 2017   #34
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Orijen dog food.

Oldest is 8, still spry lean and gets comments on her shape wherever we go.
Black one is 6 and the same.

Its kind of expensive, but they really thrive on it. Nothing too good for my girls.


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Thanks. That is cucumbers and zucchini in the high tunnel. We put up a 26x96 this spring and i filled in a week. The silver for the zucchini is an experiment to see if the squash bugs take longer to find them.
I used it last year on everything. My results were

Peppers - love it - insane production
Tomatoes - love it - earlier ripening, but sun scald was an issue
Squash - didnt make a difference
Cukes - didnt make a difference

Squash bugs are a pain. I use row covers now till the blooms come, then I just succession plant them knowing they will eventually get killed. I'm trying to find a squash that will reliably self pollinate under cover. http://www.hort.cornell.edu/expo/pro...%20Reiners.pdf

If the Partenon/Golden Glory are a failure this year I may just start hand pollinating to eliminate the workload of spraying and succession planting.
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Excellent feedback on best use of the reflective stuff. I've given up on yellow squash here, all zucchini this year. Tried a half dozen yellows, crooks-straights-multi-picks, green zukes outprodunce the yellows every time.
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BVV thinking out loud here, the squash bugs are big, some wild bees are small.
Wonder if tek knit makes a mesh that will allow the small bees and exclude the squash bugs?
Do the small bees poolinate squash?
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I'm not sure, a good thought though. I will research it a bit.
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My grape (eye hoe) I bought last year I couldn't be happier.
The thing is like a hand held tiller.

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My grape (eye hoe) I bought last year I couldn't be happier.
The thing is like a hand held tiller.

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Need pic please.
Here is the pictuer you will have to buy a handle and fit it yourself.
Nothing you cant handle.
I scraped all of the varnish off mine and soaked it in pure tung oil.
Once you have used one of these your old hoe will end up on the side of the street.
I cannot express to anyone how good this type of hoe is.
Mine is the one in the picture below the Seymour and the steel is as hard as a rock even though it is made in China.

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I have a very old hoe like that. Dad called it a grub hoe, or grubbing hoe. The top of mine is sqaure.
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Old June 6, 2017   #43
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I second the ARS pruners. I also like the Felco 912 holster to hold them. At approximately $10, it's a good buy since it keeps me from leaving my pruners all over the garden.

I also recommend Haven Manure Teas for fertilizer. (The alfalfa tea is great for roses!)
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Cast iron cookware, the best!
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Cast iron cookware, the best!
Yes, except I only pretty much like the old stuff!!!

I like my solar lights I bought on Amazon- Innovative is the brand. They work well, and are bright; had a light go out in the bathroom that has a 10 foot ceiling, popped one in there for light, works well. Motion activated and can be solar or charged via port on the computer. A charge lasts about 5 days/nights of use for me. Thinking of keeping the solar in there and cheating Reliant a bit, LOL!!
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