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I can think of no better shovel ready project than a garden.

Jim Muir's Squash Bug Remedy

There are 2 methods that you can effectively use: 1. Collect as many live bugs as you can, add them to a blender with some water, and blend them up good. Strain the mixture, and spray the liquid all over and around your plants.

2. The second method is Biodynamic, and is called "peppering." Collect the bugs, and carefully burn them in a metal bowl or pot. A propane torch works OK, just don't blow the resulting ash (peppers) out of the pot. Let cool, and grind up the ash. Place the ash in a crock (I use a 3 gals. one), get a wooden stick, add the ash to the water, Now stir the mixture clockwise,until it forms a vortex (whirlpool). Break the vortex with your stirring stick, and stir counter-clockwise until a vortex appears. Repeat the process, stirring for 20 minutes. Strain the liquid. I use a 3 gal. Solo back pack sprayer. Spray the mixture on and around your plants and garden. I know it involves more effort and equipment for this method, however, I have been using Biodynamic peppering for over 30 years and it Works!

Initially I used a plastic 5 gal. bucket, with 3 gals. of de-chlorinated water in it to mix up the peppers. Then my wife Jenni got me a 3 gal. ceramic crock that I have been using ever since. Either container will work OK.

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At 2:08pm on November 23, 2010, joy borum said…
Gosh, I hope I responded to connect us way back when it first "come up." Hope all goes well with you.
At 7:51pm on November 22, 2010, amy vannocker said…
Hello friend! Hope all is well. :)
At 1:20pm on October 23, 2010, charlie carr said…
Hello Ericka,
Thanks for the note. Look forward to hearing from the member with bees in the backyard.
At 9:21am on August 18, 2010, Samantha Ray said…
Thank you, Ericka! I hope to learn a lot from this group!
At 12:13pm on August 16, 2010, Melanie Uttech said…
Thanks Ericka! I hope to meet you and other like-minded spirits soon!
At 12:21pm on August 13, 2010, David Paul Rodriguez said…
I'm on the block of 43rd Ave and Glendale. David Rodriguez
At 11:33pm on August 9, 2010, Dr. Kirk Slagel said…
Thank you for the welcome. I read Jim Muir's squash bug remedy and it appears he is making a homeopathic remedy out of the bugs. The swirling of the blender or the crock water is actually succussing, i.e. rapidly mixing the bug bits with the water causing the water molecules to change their conformation and thus, create a potentized liquid. Very interesting.
At 4:58pm on August 6, 2010, Debby Skroch said…
Hi and thank you for the warm welcome. I am excited about this "new" guild that I found and I have been busy browsing it today. Deb Skroch
At 1:14pm on August 4, 2010, Rick Large said…
Thanks for the welcome Ericka!
At 4:04pm on August 3, 2010, Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome said…
Thanks for the encouragement Ericka!
We're very into the sunken bed idea and hope it works well! We're fortunate enough not too have rocky or caliche-plagued soil, so we went for it.

Anyway we've certainly sweated alot (and gotten in shape!) digging and preparing sunken beds this summer! So this morning was a BIG milestone because we actually planted something!!! After months of bed digging, compost making and soil-building, we decided to plant one of the new beds as a (late) monsoon garden of black-eyed peas, squash, etc. We just got fresh seeds from Native Seed Search in the mail yesterday, plus I had old, saved seeds that may or not germinate - couldn't resist getting something planted. We'll wait until early September to plant the rest of the garden with winter vegetables, plus fruit trees we've been keeping alive in containers all summer, & flowers and herbs!

Farraday and Jeff

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