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MImedpatient

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log entry 23: sadness. half of my shit seedlings decided that they wanted to experience drought stress while thier sisters didnt; and died. this could be proof I do not have my root aphid problem as under control as I thought. I will be stepping up from oils to predation as a means of dealing with them. if this does not work, all my mother plants, clones, and seedlings might get hit w/ systemic pesticides and taken out of rotation for 8 months, and my veg room shall become a desert type environment, so as to force the Systemic to degrade faster via heat and transpiration.

please do not use systemic pesticides as a 1st solution people. it leads to resistance being built up over time. some of them are mutagenic to plants. Some are general insecticides, not just pesticide.
 

MImedpatient

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are u using bubbling buckets?
I currently grow in Pro mix or Sunshine #4(stock has been weird this past year) and I am dumping synthetic fertilizers w/ lots of microbes. I presoaked the promix I put the seedlings in w/ clonex feed solution at full strength w/ some corn oil soap and potassium silicate(oil, surfactant, emulsifier) to smother any eggs or adults in there.
once I get enough funds set aside, I am going back to big fabric pot organics all at once. and I am buying all the soil living preadtors of all sizes, I am going to culture up my own IMO collections from around the yard, neighborhood, and in the local wooded areas. I am going to buy and culture bassiana fungi. no pest shall enter my garden and be safe from predation or parastization.
 

wisp

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the key to hydrophobic pests(and soils) are emulsifiers and surfactants. emulsifiers to make the oil and water more friendly, and the surfactant to make it hold onto the hydrophobic particles/organisms. It is why many people experience failure w/ even fresh Neem oil as a pesticide. they don't emulsify or add a surfactant.
You can also be proactive and pop nematodes that feed on anything moving in your soil.

"Kill Fruit flies, carrot root fly, onion fly, gooseberry sawfly and codling moth"
https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/nematodes
 
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MImedpatient

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You can also be proactive and pop nematodes that feed on anything moving in your soil.

"Kill Fruit flies, carrot root fly, onion fly, gooseberry sawfly and codling moth"
https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/nematodes
As I am doing the soap, oil, w/ essential oil drenches, I am not going to add nematodes until I have switched to the arthropods. as the oils will kill the nematodes. I am not wasting money by killing the friends I pay for!
 
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