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6 comments:

  1. What can I do about slugs and snails ravaging my garden??

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    1. Well there are many tricks for slugs including using copper rings around plants and putting out traps or sunken bowls filled with beer (the slugs are repelled by copper, but are attracted to the beer and drown in it), and you can always hand-pick slugs and snails late at night and squish them, but my favorite and by far the most effective for both slugs and snails is using an organic slug and snail bait such as SLUGGO. This bait is harmless to other creatures and OMRI approved for organic gardening, plus since it is a formulation of Iron Phosphate the pellets break down into fertilizer for your plants! I like to broadcast it in areas of my garden most susceptible to slugs and snails every few weeks from spring through fall, heaviest in the spring when the buggers first start to munch. It can be a bit pricey, but works like a charm and it's well worth every penny! You can find it listed in the The Garden Oracle Store at the bottom of the site (the 10# bottle is the best value and is listed on the main page of the store, but you can also enter "Sluggo" in the search box and it will bring up other sizes for you to choose from - in addition you could enter "snail" or "slug" in the search box and you will be presented with multiple other options as well). Hope this helps!

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  2. What about tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest - any advice? It's often too cool and rainy for a good harvest and my friends in San Francisco area have a hard time with the fog too!

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    1. Yes I recommend using a greenhouse or hoophouse in full sun to keep the rain off and the temperatures up - which you can find on the page tabbed "season extenders" at the top of this site! Another option is to plant in full sun against a south-facing wall or solid fence, preferrably sheltered from winds to some degree, and then build a "tomato house" over your planting bed using bamboo poles or 2X2's with UV stabilized greenhouse plastic attached to/near the wall at the top/back and draped down the sides and front. It's helpful to separate the sides and front and cut out the excess material at the corners between the two so you can roll up the front/sides independently when it's hot and sunny out (you shouldn't let it get much hotter than 90 degrees inside) and for access - I like to attach the bottoms of these flaps to a long board like a 2X2 using a staple gun so that I can just roll them up when I want to. Make sure you choose/build a structure that has enough headroom to walk around in and places to attach stringlines to the ceiling from your plants so you can train them up the strings (this is the easiest way to train tomatoes) and don't get water on the foliage! Use plenty of compost and mulch too - tomatoes like rich, dark, deeply dug soil. Use a good quality tomato fertilizer or veggie fertilizer when you prep the bed for planting. You can see my post "Prepping the Tomato Bed" for more info and to see my version of the tomato house I mentioned. Also be sure to water deeply so your plants establish good roots and don't wilt when it's hot (a drip/soaker hose system set for a long soak every few days is a good option). You can find tomato plants and seeds, mulch, compost, fertilizer, drip/soaker hose systems, season extenders, bamboo poles, twine, tomato cages and greenhouse plastic through The Garden Oracle Store at the bottom of the site or using the Product Search and other pages tabbed at the top of the site. Hope this helps!

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  3. So just what are your credentials? Why do you think you are a good person to answer tricky garden questions?

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    1. Did you read the "My Gardening Story" section on the lower right sidebar? It tells all about my credentials and experience. But in case you missed it, I'm a Master Gardener and Certified Sustainable Landscape Professional through the Washington State University Agricultural Extension, was the Head Gardener and Property Caretaker for The Place At Cayou Cove Luxury Bed And Breakfast for 14 years, worked at the GOTO Plant and Flower Company in Tokyou Japan for two years, was the Landscape Foreman for the Tierra Madre Landscaping Company in Phoenix while in College at ASU, Worked for a number of Master Gardeners and private properties over the years and have over 30 years of landscape and gardening experience combining both professional and non-professional endeavors in multiple climates, states and countries.

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