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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
15865 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

61 Posts

Sharon L
Gaylord MI
USA
61 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

6097 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6097 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

15865 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
15865 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

314 Posts

Karen
Kennewick WA
USA
314 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

5352 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
5352 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

3507 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3507 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

3507 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3507 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

5783 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
5783 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

15865 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
15865 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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Edited by - katmom on Aug 05 2022 11:30:26 PM
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

5352 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
5352 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

2512 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
2512 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

15865 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
15865 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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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!
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