Anyone with honeybees, a garden and advice

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Rachel Taylor, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. Rachel Taylor

    Rachel Taylor Crowing

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    Every year as I’m sure we all do fight those invasive of pests in the garden. The worst ones for me are the horned tomato worms, squash bugs and aphids. I had a small Japanese beetle problem last year got Neem oil and it got rid of the squash bugs and the Japanese beetles. Well most of the squash bugs but all the Japanese beetles. I’ve read it doesn’t hurt bees if you spray in the evening but I’ve also read it does. I’m looking for a way without chemicals to control pests in my garden without killing bees. Because in June we are starting our first try at honeybees.
     
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  2. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Chicken Tender

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    Try guineas! Less destructive than chickens in the garden.
     
  3. Rachel Taylor

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    I have a feeling if I get Guineas and let them in my garden it will give my chickens the idea. If the door to the garden is closed my chickens won’t mess with it even though I’m sure they can get over the fence. But if they see Them in there Good idea though. I wish I could let my chickens in my garden to get the box but I have a feeling they will destroy my plants along with the bugs
     
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  4. Ninjasquirrel

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    You can use palmolive and water in a spritzer. It wont hurt the plants and it will kill the bugs
     
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  5. Duckstail

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    When you figure out a way to get rid of aphids let me know ! Those little guys are immune to everything !
     
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  6. Rachel Taylor

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    I made a list of certain flowers and herbs and what pests they keep away. I made a little fortress around my veggies depending on the big I attract. I’ll let you know how that works. I hate aphids. They’re impossible sometimes
     
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  7. Rachel Taylor

    Rachel Taylor Crowing

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    I do love that for certain pests. I added cayenne pepper to keep them off. Thanks for the suggestion. I’m taking any advice I can!
     
  8. lazy gardener

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    When I have aphids come visiting in my orchard, I just blast them off with the hose. When I've done this, I've not had to repeat!
     
  9. Rachel Taylor

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    I would love to blast mine with a hose but I actually believe it or not I don’t have a hose. Because I have no outdoor water connection to my house. Try to get one but the plumber told me it would be over $700. So as much of a pain in the rear as it is I work with my indoor faucet in 5 gallon bucket’s. I’m also afraid to much force would kill the vegetable plants. Sounds like a great idea for an orchard though
     
  10. Rachel Taylor

    Rachel Taylor Crowing

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    Well I do also have a Rain barrel. Unfortunately in Virginia the three hottest summer months are also very dry
     

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