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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
16129 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2022 :  8:58:15 PM  Show Profile
What’s your garden nemesis?
Mine… Grasshoppers!
Last year and this year they decimated my roses and sunflowers!!!
Where are my bug eating birds when I need them?!?!





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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

Dapple Grey Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

725 Posts

Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
725 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2022 :  06:49:55 AM  Show Profile
So far it is the heat here in Southeast Texas. I am barely keeping my bucket garden alive.

~ Betty ~
Farmgirl Sister # 5589
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VegiChik
True Blue Farmgirl

67 Posts

Sharon L
Gaylord MI
USA
67 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2022 :  07:33:29 AM  Show Profile
We live top of a hill, so the wind can do/does damage to so many plants. Our hoop house helps with heat loving plants & we are making plans to use more row cover next year.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6214 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6214 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2022 :  07:38:24 AM  Show Profile
Just like Betty it's the oppressive Texas heat and no rain for me.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

16129 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
16129 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2022 :  10:56:41 AM  Show Profile
I feel like gardening is becoming more of a challenge these past few years…
I use to literally toss seeds into the ground and they would grow like weeds… now , up here anyway… these past four years I have had
To work at gardening,,, that being said, this was all wheat farming and back in the 1950-60‘s many ( not all ) farmers bought into
The ‚Monsanto chemical additive to the soil,, including the farmer who owned this property before us, he was big into using chemical
Weed sprays. Now our soil is low quality and even though I have
brought in top soil,, still have learning curves.
My dear neighbor, Julia Hayes, who has an article in the MJF magazine, tried to establish her place as Organic, had do many challenges, including being able to prove that her surrounding neighbors did not use chemicals and had not for 5 years, the farmer here still used aggressive weed
Spray and wasn’t about to stop using the spray, and he was growing live stock hay!

Anyway, I luv gardening and will do so until I am physically unable to. I will just have to work a bit harder and more creative!

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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!
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Jokamartell
True Blue Farmgirl

547 Posts

Karen
Kennewick WA
USA
547 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2022 :  5:13:48 PM  Show Profile
Biggest nemesis of my garden?? Earwigs…they make me grumpy

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers “Not one of those Karens, but a good Karen”! Haha
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

5582 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
5582 Posts

Posted - Aug 03 2022 :  11:57:47 AM  Show Profile
Oh Grace my biggest nemesis are squash bugs! They put up a never ending fight and seem to always win. I have 1 plant left out of 5. They took the rest. They honestly make me want to give up. I'm considering taking a break from all plants that squash bugs like next year in hopes they go elsewhere.

Krista
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3628 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3628 Posts

Posted - Aug 03 2022 :  7:07:54 PM  Show Profile
I would have to say right now, potato bugs. Though this year I have not had many, thank goodness. I picked about 6 young ones tonight,ick.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3628 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3628 Posts

Posted - Aug 03 2022 :  7:08:49 PM  Show Profile
Forgot to mention we finally got rain last night and inch and 2 tenths. that is exciting, as we have been dry June and July.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

5943 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
5943 Posts

Posted - Aug 04 2022 :  10:39:17 AM  Show Profile
Here in Florida...what don't we have as garden pests and as soil pests???!!! It seems like you have to often opt for raised beds is there is to be any hope of actually harvesting something. Even then, it can be iffy.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

16129 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
16129 Posts

Posted - Aug 04 2022 :  5:14:10 PM  Show Profile
Krista, there is a reason we call them squashed bugs! Lol!

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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

Edited by - katmom on Aug 05 2022 11:30:26 PM
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

5582 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
5582 Posts

Posted - Aug 05 2022 :  11:53:28 AM  Show Profile
Right! I do get to take my frustrations out on smashing them lol!

Krista
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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

2604 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
2604 Posts

Posted - Aug 05 2022 :  12:10:29 PM  Show Profile
I know is sounds terrible - mine is my father in law LOL! He gets a bit too excited and hoes things he shouldn't! This year he took out an entire row of marigolds, borage, and basil. The non human pests here are squash bugs and Japanese beetles.

Krista - try planting some borage around your squash plants. It seemed to help a lot this year for me! Plus it makes a wonderfully refreshing iced tea!

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

16129 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
16129 Posts

Posted - Aug 05 2022 :  11:32:29 PM  Show Profile
Oh My Gosh I started out with 4 Borage seeds and each year I have them popping up everywhere! lol!
But I do love Borage in the garden...

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

5582 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
5582 Posts

Posted - Aug 08 2022 :  12:19:33 PM  Show Profile
Thanks Heather. I haven’t heard of borage before but I’m willing to give it a try. I tried planting the marigolds all around them this year but they didn’t even phase the squash bugs. It’s like they have super powers or something.

Krista
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

16129 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
16129 Posts

Posted - Aug 12 2022 :  1:54:53 PM  Show Profile
Krista, I'lln trade ya some Grass hoppers for Squash bugs! lolol!

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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

4561 Posts

Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4561 Posts

Posted - Aug 12 2022 :  6:24:24 PM  Show Profile
Chipmunks are my garden nemesis. The little buggers plucked every tomato off a vine I had been growing on my deck. I got so fed up with them swiping every tomato that I removed the plant from it's container. They are always digging up something in a container or garden. Some people think they are cute, needless to say I'm not one of them!

Dawn in IL

"Almost any garden, if you see it at just the right moment, can be confused with paradise." Henry Mitchell
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treelady
True Blue Farmgirl

2187 Posts

Julie
Medina ND
USA
2187 Posts

Posted - Aug 14 2022 :  3:57:39 PM  Show Profile
Pheasants are my nemaesis. Every morning Mr. Pheasant crows at me. I have come to the conclusion he is just warning me that he has already been to the garden and sampled the strawberries, the tomatoes, cucumbers and whatever else strikes his fancy. He pecks just a few holes in each and moves on to the next one. Drives me crazy. I always tell him he is going to be lunch come pheasant season, but by than he is hiding out away from my garden.

A little rain can straighten a flower stem. A little love can change a life.

Max Lucado
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

16129 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
16129 Posts

Posted - Aug 14 2022 :  5:58:26 PM  Show Profile
Julie,, drives me crazy too! when the 'critters' 'sample' taste from each veggie! !!!

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

5582 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
5582 Posts

Posted - Aug 15 2022 :  06:35:05 AM  Show Profile
Grace, let’s do it! To be honest I don’t think many grasshoppers will survive my children lol. I don’t know what it is about grasshoppers and how many times I tell my kids to be soft they always die. It’s probably due to the fact that they each have to hold him and fight over who gets to do it first and who’s next! Send them my way. My kids will help your problem.

Krista
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AndreaPA
True Blue Farmgirl

429 Posts

Andrea
Factoryville PA
USA
429 Posts

Posted - Sep 02 2022 :  4:18:05 PM  Show Profile
Squash bugs. Destroyed all my squash plants this year. Same happened two years ago in the same garden bed.

Andrea
Farmgirl# 8166
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