Fungus Gnat Control - Beneficial nematodes

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Fungus Gnat Control - Beneficial nematodes

Hi All,

  Gardeners Supply has a little less expensive fungus gnat control (Beneficail nematodes):

http://www.gardeners.com/Gnat-Guard/GardenPests_Insects,34-299,default,cp.html

  (Edit:  Gisette has pointed out that the gardeners supply product contains beneficial nematodes.  I did use that treatment last year on the swiss chard with good results, but as a preventative.  This year I am again using knock out gnats (Bt) from Gardens Alive with great results in the basement that had active fungus gnat infestation)

 

Bonus picture.  This years swiss chard crop babies in the basement under lights.  Treated with Bt, no more gnats-

 

 

 

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Nice setup! The

Nice setup! The growboxes/earthboxes take less soil, don't they? No way I could lift one. Just carrying the large bags of potting mix up to my 3rd floor balcony about does me in.

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Hi Gisette,  That is a 72

Hi Gisette,

 That is a 72 quart under-the-bed storage container. Fits perfectly under the lights and holds 30 swiss chard plants.  Last year I put it outside to fill with soilless potting mix and water.  Big mistake!  I couldn't move it let alone lift it!  I hurt my back last year trying to get it onto the light shelf.

Now  I set it on my garden cart to fill and water.  After it drains I roll it into the basement.  The plastic things in the picture forground are bread trays stacked upside down level with the shelf.  I just slide the container back and forth onto the bread trays to water. 

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Thanks, Beth, that makes

Thanks, Beth, that makes sense. Yeah, longer shelf life would definitely be a help.

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Hi Gisette,   Ooh, you are

Hi Gisette,

  Ooh, you are right.  That is the nematode treatment, not Bt.  I'll fix the title.  I actually used the nematodes last year.  Yes, limited shelf life,  1 three week treatment.  It did work.  I like the Bt better.  I did do a little research and found out that Bt is actually ground up bacteria that is toxic to larva.  I need to dig up that link again.  Makes a world of difference in shelf life. 

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Cool, thanks for the Gnat

Cool, thanks for the Gnat Guard link, Beth! You haven't used this stuff though, right? It's nematodes rather than Bt, and you have to use it all / throw it out within a week or something. Does the Knock-Out Gnats granule product have some shelf life? If so, it's probably cheaper in practice, since the problem tends to recur.

Nice chard!!! 72 quart container! Heavy, huh? 

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