[NAFEX] japanese beetle questions
hblack1925 at fastmail.fm
Thu Jun 14 10:44:40 EDT 2007
Granite dust can be had at the places where they carve tombstones, but you have to be careful. I read somewhere that aluminum gets into the dust somehow - not sure how - and this can become toxic over time. By the way, wear a mask (one of those little nose and mouth things) when you throw the granite dust. Hector black zone 6 middle tn
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From: drosehngs1 at juno.com
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Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2007 3:29 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] japanese beetle questions
Thank you for all the thoughts on japanese beetles (where do you get granite powder?).
I no longer have the plum/apple/peach trees as I didn't want to spray (so I don't know about the overlapping pollination), but I'd be willing to make an exception for japanese beetles (especially if I could give them some of their own in lieu of chemicals).
Don't know that the neighbors would appreciate hens, chickens, turkeys (am still ruing my elderberry decision) - might the visiting, almost ubiquitous, grackles, starlings, robins, blue jays, etc., though less reliable, serve?
-- "bluestem_farm at juno.com" <bluestem_farm at juno.com> wrote:
We pick the beetles off of our grapes and roses and feed them to the chickens and turkeys, who have learned to come running when I come in waving a J. B. trap. To save labor, I'm planting fruits near the bird yard and once I get a predator resistant fence up plan to turn the birds loose to eat more grass and critters. I suspect it will be easy to teach the chickens to follow me around for beetles, harder with the flighty heritage turkeys.
SC Wisconsin Zone 4 or so
Where the strawberries were 2 weeks early this year and I had my first 2 homegrown wild-type Juneberries yesterday.
-- "hector black" wrote:
I've heard, but never experienced, that if you have Guinea hens, they
will come eat the ones you knock off the vines or whatever they're on.
Hector Black zone 6 middle TN...Beatles have just arrived
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