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Help! I have Japanese beetles and their larva ate my green beans :-(

Thanks, I think I will try some of these home made traps. I didn't see where it recommended BT but I already have to get some BTK to control for moths so I wonder if it will do a double service. Thanks for the article!!! Very helpful!

Aug 15, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

Help! I have Japanese beetles and their larva ate my green beans :-(

Yeah, now I am not sure whether they are japanese beetles or green june beetles. We do get a lot of June beetles around in the summer as well. Annoying little creatures!!! LOL. And up until now, they didn't do much harm they just scared when they would buzz by my ear. But not they ate my plant roots :-( so something must be done! Thanks for the article. And I think I have the prefect location for a trap if I decide to go with some. Thanks!

Aug 15, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

Help! I have Japanese beetles and their larva ate my green beans :-(

I have seen these big huge green beetles everywhere and so far I thought they didn't do much damage but now I found their larva in a section that I planted green beans (which obviously didn't survive). How do I get rid of these? My book says to apply parasitic nematodes to the soil but it doesn't say what parasitic nematodes are. I would like to replant some stuff in this area before fall. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Aug 10, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

What to do about my pumpkins...

I finally cut them :-( It was kind of a sad feeling but I cleaned up the whole patch and it looks like there are a few potential starters that might turn into something worthy. Everyone keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

Aug 01, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

What to do about my pumpkins...

And how often did you have to add ice? I might try this!

Aug 01, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

What to do about my pumpkins...

Ok, forgive me for sounding dumb, but... did you make your own cooler? If so, how did you do it? Maybe if I even took like 4 of them and put them in some kind of make-shift cool that might be good. I do have one huge cooler that isn't being used right now.

And stuffed pumpkin...that sound interesting. I will do a search for some recipes... thanks

Aug 01, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

What to do about my pumpkins...

Thanks Gio. Yeah, I am in Southern California so we really don't get frost. I just jumped the gun...lol. Oh well. Next year I will plant later. Now I need to come up with some good pumpkin recipes because we are going to need to do something with all this extra pumpkin...lol

Aug 01, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

What to do about my pumpkins...

Well, I was a little premature about planting pumpkins...oops...so you live and learn...

This is the first year I have done pumpkins and I planted in early spring. Apparently I should have waited until late spring because now I have about 9 gorgeously orange pumpkins. They have been orange for a bit now and I am finally coming to the conclusion that they will not last until halloween for my kids to carve. So at this point, what should I do? I have them all still on the vines. Should I leave them on the vines so that maybe they are still getting a little nutrients to keep up their survival? Or should I cut them and hide them somewhere cool? I am seeing a couple vines that are starting so I am thinking if I cut off the already orange pumpkins and all their vines back that maybe it will push some energy into the few new vines that are starting and there might be a slight chance that I will get a few more that might be good for halloween.

There is also one vine that has seemed to pop up on it's own in a new spot so I am crossing my fingers that it pushes something out. Anyway, any advice is good advice...thanks :-)

Aug 01, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

Black beauty eggplants not so black...

Thanks! Yeah, I really do think that Lowe's labeled them wrong. I think sometimes they just throw a label on it and not really pay attention to the variety of the plant. They probably only had tags for black beauty eggplants and figured nobody would know until they started growing so who cares. Kind of annoying. But yeah, I have had other plants mislabeled before as well. Well, I will just continue growing them for now and see how they taste. I am sure for eggplant parmesan they will be fine. Thanks again for your thoughts!

Jul 27, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

What can I add to my garden this time of year (San Diego area)

That sounds yummy! Yeah I don't know whether to give up on these or not. They are still not big enough to harvest but once I get one, I will taste it and see. Maybe they are just a funky color but will taste fine. We'll see.

I hit up the drive thru nursery in Oceanside. http://www.evergreennursery.com/everg...
It's a pretty cool place. If you are every up this way, check it out. And if you are ever doing any landscaping (especially on a large scale) this is the place to go. Their prices are wholesale but are open to the public. I love it because if my kids are sleeping in the car, I can still peruse. I bought some asparagus plants which I have never done before so I better open up my book before I get to planting...lol. And some beautiful chili pepper plants (they are already very mature with pepper and were only $.99 each) and some garlic plants incase my garlic I planted from cloves don't work out.

Anyway, I will have to hit you up for advice once I plant a new batch of eggplant :-)

Jul 25, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

What can I add to my garden this time of year (San Diego area)

I got some more green beans in and am clearing out the last of my harvest of the spring green beans to make some more room for more green beans. I had so much fun with the green beans this year. They make me feel all giddy...lol.

And I am going to put some more carrot seeds down. I am having a hard time finding the tomato plants that I want. I am looking for the little baby orange ones. I forget the name of them but they are so sweet and so good in a tomato salad. I'm going to go on another search today or tomorrow. Maybe I will look into Anderson Nursery...where is that?

pine time...I just posted a question about eggplants. I planted some black beauties this year and they aren't black. Not sure if I did something wrong or if Lowe's marked their pots wrong.

Anyway...happy planting. :-)

Jul 25, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

Black beauty eggplants not so black...

My black beauty eggplants look like they are nice and healthy and growing very well except for one small problem...they aren't black. They are kind of yellowish green and light purple. Do you think they are still worth continuing? I know there are different varieties that come in all different colors, but from what I am seeing, the black beauties are supposed to be only black. I bought the plants at Lowe's so maybe they just labeled the pots wrong...or maybe I did something wrong while I was growing them. I think next time I will start with seeds. Anyway...what are your thoughts about my "not so black" black beauties? TIA!

Jul 25, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

What can I add to my garden this time of year (San Diego area)

I already have a ton of tomatoes though I did want to put some more little baby tomatoes in but Lowe's didn't have any left. I will have to go to the other nursery in my area. And I did just buy some more peppers. But I think I like the idea of doing a different color green bean. Which ones do you think taste better--the yellow or purple? I have never done either of those. And you think it isn't too late to start more green beans?

Excited that there is another San Diego area gardener on here! I am sure I have passed your area trying to get the Charger games...lol. Hope you are able to stay out of this heat we are having this summer!!! Thanks for the advice! And I hope to talk to you more on here in the future!!!!

Jul 08, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

What can I add to my garden this time of year (San Diego area)

I am giving up on my pole beans--and I mean giving up for good because they are a pain in my butt and they don't ever seem to even taste good. And this year I grew a huge section of bush beans that are producing in abundance and have turned out so yummy! So instead of wasting my time, my water, my fertilizer, etc on something that I don't even seem to like, I think I am just going to take them all out. So that means I will have a huge section to put something else in. Is there anything that is ok to start this time in the summer? I live in Oceanside (near San Diego). Not exactly sure what zone that is. I could look it up if I need to though. Anyway, all thoughts and ideas are appreciated! Thanks!

Jul 08, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

Making Salsa...

that sounds yummy! thanks!!!

Jul 05, 2011
LadyGuise in Home Cooking

Making Salsa...

I live in Oceanside, CA (it's in San Diego county) so yeah, our gardening season starts way earlier than a lot of other areas. And I am going to try roasting some jalapenos. I wish my jalapenos were producing, but oh well...I guess a trip to the grocery store every once in a while is ok. And yes, I am going to try a marinara sauce as well. I have a bunch of romas that are looking good these days :-)

Thanks all!

Jul 05, 2011
LadyGuise in Home Cooking

Making Salsa...

Thanks everyone. I am making it for a party so I will let you know how it works out.

Jun 30, 2011
LadyGuise in Home Cooking

Making Salsa...

I have tomatoes coming out the yingyang these days so I am planning to make a salsa out of them before they go bad. Share your salsa recipes, please! I know the basics, but is there anything different or exciting that you put in your salsa? I am not too fond of cilantro, but I know that is pretty much a staple...I will just probably be conservative with the cilantro. TIA!

Jun 29, 2011
LadyGuise in Home Cooking

Seed collecting and saving from existing plants

You're right...it is fun to try out new things. I will let you know how it goes. :-)

Jun 29, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

Seed collecting and saving from existing plants

Thanks Morwen...I will see if I still have the original pack.

Jun 29, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

Some tilapia and a BBQ....

I have some tilapia and lots of squash and zucchini from my garden and I want to fire up the grill with them for dinner tonight. I have ways that I cook both fish and squash on the grill that turn out pretty darn good but I thought I would throw this out there to see if there are any new ideas that sound interesting and worth trying for dinner! Can't wait to see what you all come up with!!! TIA!

Jun 25, 2011
LadyGuise in Home Cooking

Planting garlic (might be adding to my stupid question repertoire)

Thanks Novelli! This is a huge help!!!!! I think I am going to throw some in now and some in around Oct just to test it out and see what I get. I'm excited!!!! Wish me luck!!!

Jun 25, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

San Diego Strawberries

Maybe it is more the green house effect being circulated is what speeds the process. And it sounds like this somehow keeps the bugs away....which is the problem I always have with strawberries...damn bugs! This is super cool!!! I live in Oceanside, so it is cool to me to see something organic and progressive coming out of my town!

Jun 24, 2011
LadyGuise in San Diego

Help growing my Basil please!

I live in Oceanside and always have really good luck with basil. It might be snails or slugs which are hard to find during the day. Something someone suggested on another post is a little beer bath (which fits right in with the San Diego lifestyle...lol). It works pretty good to catch those suckers! Put some vegetable oil and beer in a shallow bowl and leave it by your basil plant. In the morning, if there are floaters then that might be your culprit. Also, make sure you are picking at the plant. The more you use your basil, the better it seems to grow. Good luck!

Jun 24, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

Seed collecting and saving from existing plants

No the plant wasn't a dud. The plant actually grew really well, but then sprouted the flower stems before I stopped it. But the other plants from that same bunch are growing really good so I am thinking the seeds I get from this plant might grow good also. But I don't know anything about seed saving so I could be totally wrong. We'll see! But thanks for the forum link. I will check it out.

Jun 24, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

Seed collecting and saving from existing plants

Yeah, it probably is a lot of work. And it will probably be something I will give up on after the first year of hassle, but it all sounds interesting and challenging so I think I am going to take go at it. Wish me luck. At this point, I will be happy if I get anything from seeds I save!

Jun 24, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

Planting garlic (might be adding to my stupid question repertoire)

Yeah, I am mostly talking about garlic I have already grown. Or even ones I get from the farmers markets. Could I just save some clove and start my own from that? This is probably basic knowledge...lol

Jun 24, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

What is the best sauce/condiment you've ever made?

This sounds very different! I'll have to try it just because it sounds so different!

Jun 23, 2011
LadyGuise in Home Cooking

Seed collecting and saving from existing plants

I have recently been curious about seed saving. I have some brussels sprouts that are doing good so far (crossing fingers) except for the one plant that flowered. So I figured since I had a plant that flowered and couldn't get any crop out of it, I would try saving the seeds from it instead. I found the pods that house the seeds, but to be honest, I am not sure what to do from here. Are there any books or websites that are good for a beginner trying to start seed collecting that you would recommend?

Jun 23, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening

Planting garlic (might be adding to my stupid question repertoire)

So at one time I had planted garlic plants that were already started that I bought from a local nursery. I loved having the fresh garlic once it was ready! There is nothing like the smell and tasting of fresh garlic coming out of the kitchen. Anyway... (and here is where I might really start sounding stupid...) Could I basically just take a garlic and break the cloves up and plant those?

Jun 23, 2011
LadyGuise in Gardening