Strawberries in the outside garden

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Strawberries in the outside garden

Hi All,

  Here's a picture of my newly planted strawberry pyramid.  Note the flags and mole traps in the background.  I've got a professional mole whisperer -err - trapper working on ridding the veggie garden of insectivores.  2 moles down at least one more to go!

 

 

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I loved that rant! I learned

I loved that rant! I learned so much!  That's why I never had so much trouble with cucumber beetles before! I only planted Japanese cucumbers! (Because I adore Japanese cucumbers. But last year Park's sent me the little white ones, and they were so good, and... Oy. Clobbered.) (My zucchini had fallen to the cucumber beetles before, however...)

Sounds like your spot in Jersey was very similar to CT. Well, except that every garden in CT has a fullsome crop of rocks. Amazing how new ones percolate up, every year. And slugs. And caterpillars. Perhaps your memory's just gotten gentler with time, though.

I hear you re the Aerogarden temptation. I never would have tried growing lettuce or cabbages outside in the ground. Yick.

I need to find a source for compost...

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Hi All,   Mind if I rant
Hi All,
 
Mind if I rant about southern Maryland bugs?  Topic is why ag's are a great product!  My first serious attempt at gardening was my first house in New Jersey (near Wrightstown if anyone is familiar with central Jersey).  I swear that property had 2 feet of rich topsoil.  All you had to do was drop a seed and it would grow.  I had Mel Bartholomew's book on square foot gardening. (Please don't anyone try to grow 16 tomato plants in a 2' by 8' spot!)  All I can say is that I had marvelous success for an absolute newbie. My job got transferred to southern Maryland.  After bouncing around rental houses, I landed here 10 years ago.  Imagine my dismay when I realized we have sand and gravel for a back yard. And the bugs - plant it and they will come.  Both striped and spotted cucumber beetles, Colorado potato beetles, squash bugs, squash vine borer, tobacco horn worms, onion maggots, aphids, whiteflies, Fusarium oxysporum (deadly to tomatoes), Mexican bean beetles and on and on.  I refuse to spray pesticides, either organic or synthetic.  Here is what I have learned.  Compost really helps all plants tolerate diseases and pests.  Eva Purple Ball and Cherokee Purple tomatoes are tolerant of Fusarium.  Covering beans with floating row cover for their entire life span stops Mexican bean beetles.  Bt controls Colorado potato beetles.  Oriental cucumbers are not attractive to cucumber beetles.  Plant zucchini in July after the squash vine borer season is over.  Give up on growing garlic, onions or leeks. Leave the tobacco hornworms - the tachnid wasps will take care of them.  We also have aphid wasps that lay eggs in the aphids.  So, should I have stayed in NJ - dumb and happy, or was it better that I learned all these useful tools on battling bad bugs?  I don't know..... I wish I could have that backyard for one more year....
 
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LOL! And you'd need dark

LOL! And you'd need dark goggles to work in there!

Could just move in your Earthbox fleet. Give room to maneuver between HPS-floodlit islands.

We have the same array of wildlife here, but in a condo, too densely populated for them to bother us much - they stay in the woods verges and brook areas. Surprisingly polite, actually... I haven't met any moles at my new condo. At my old place, the cat used to bring them as dead gifts now and then...

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Yeah, if they'd stay out of

Yeah, if they'd stay out of the garden I'd leave them alone. We have 'coons, possums, rabbits, tomato loving squirrels, crows, groundhogs, deer, black snakes and sqwunks (skunks) which I can deal with (electric fence, floating row cover and a grey fox that helped until he got hit by a car on a local road).  We have plenty of grassy areas and woods.  We have 3.5 acres and the garden is only 35' by 40'.  Good news is we caught mole number 3 today.  I believe there is one more and it will be safe to plant.  I think in the fall, the garden is going to get a makeover - hardware cloth sunk 12" deep and a fence.  I keep threatening to cover the basement floor in 2' of soiless mix and just grow down there!  Think about it - whole basement lit up in HPS lights - you'd be able to see it on google satellite!

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Aw... Google'd voles. They're

Aw... Google'd voles. They're adorable, too!

But yeah, some adorable critters or no, one doesn't really want them sharing one's space. Or food.

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Hi Gissette,   Sorry, no live

Hi Gissette,

  Sorry, no live trap...  I put up with them al last year.  I couldn't take it any more.  The voles use the mole tunnels to eat everything.  That strawberry pyramid kit comes with the watering thing.  It holds 50 plants.  We'll see...

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Wow, Beth. How many

Wow, Beth. How many strawberry plants is that? And it's got waterworks, too!?

Are the moles live-trapped and relocated? Or... Sorry, I imagine they're a royal nuisance. They're so cute, though... Baby skunks, too. Absolutely adorable.

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