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Comment by JRComito on November 1, 2012 at 4:30pm

Me likey!

Comment by Rob Nash on November 1, 2012 at 4:17pm

all that old school, wives-tell stuff was, well,, all they had out on the farm.. go with what works, you can focus on harvesting food and forget the bugs.

Comment by Rob Nash on November 1, 2012 at 4:14pm

for the aphids, you will need to remove as many of the infested leaves as possible, then spray. then repeat every four days until you cant find any living bugs. then you should spray about every three weeks even if you dont see bugs. remember the organic sprays are a preventative measure.

Comment by JRComito on November 1, 2012 at 4:14pm
Nice! Thanks for all your help. I need to do something more than soapy water with peppers chopped up in it. :-)
Comment by Rob Nash on November 1, 2012 at 4:10pm

here is what they look like... aparently i cant spell for crap.. but they should be avaliable at any good garden store.

so far they will handel anything you spray it on.

 

 

Comment by JRComito on November 1, 2012 at 3:54pm

Awesome advice! The aphids are my nemesis. They decimated my cukes and squash this summer, along with the little green tomato worms. Are the items you list readily available, and if so where should I look? Will that spray take care of the pests you listed? We have all of those too.

We use only heirloom and non GMO seeds as well. I'm glad to see it being done commercially. I hope people start waking up more to the importance of whole foods and sustainability.

Comment by Rob Nash on November 1, 2012 at 3:45pm

i only use organic seeds, suppliments and yes... bug sprays.  i have told everyone on this site that you can use the organic sprays... just dont let it hit the fish tank. for four years now i have used safer soap, spinosad, and pyrithrin mixed together at half strength every three weeks. and what do you know.. my fish are fine and the bugs are at a minimum. with out spraying, we dont stand a chance...  the afids alone will wipe out the kale, not to mention whiteflys, mites, and caterpillers.  i have trained over a hundred plus people on ap over the years, and advised all of them to use these sprays, no one has reported a problem.... for some reason folks on this site seam to dismiss my advise on this subject (perhaps to sell other products, not sure) but i can tell you it is safer than you will be lead to believe.    ....again, mix it at half strength, and mix all three together. keep the overspray under control... keep it from running into the return, and keep it from landing in the fish tank.

Comment by JRComito on November 1, 2012 at 3:34pm

Wow! My wife is going to be a happy camper when she sees this! Thanks for sharing. Nice fish too! It looks like you have quite the setup, very impressive. Are you organic, or does the greenhouse help that much with pests? We are having a hell of a time with pests here in S. Florida.

Comment by Rob Nash on November 1, 2012 at 3:28pm

JR, here is a picture of just how huge the laccinato can get...

if you dont harvest it.. it just keeps growing till it falls over... or the bugs set in.

same with the tilapia... they just keep getting bigger... this is a 4.2 pounder.

Comment by JRComito on November 1, 2012 at 3:16pm

Is that Nero di Toscana? If so, I'm glad to know it will get tall like that. How far does it go before it gives in? That one on the right looks like a small tree!

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