Green Beans VS Japanese Beetles, Beetles Win!

Last year green beans were out of the question due to a plague of Japanese beetles. This year started out, pretty much the same. I am determined to get a good crop of green beans. To accomplish this feat, I have to get rid of the dreaded Japanese beetles by mid July.

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Just look at the damage they do!!

I decided to try Japanese beetle traps.  (If you need traps, I can recommend these over on Amazon.com: Japanese Beetle Trap.) The trap consists of two plastic rectangles (holes punched and slotted), pheromone lure, plastic bags and a twist tie. I have made a modification to the collection bag by cutting off the bottom of the bag and suspending the trap in a 5 gallon bucket filled with one to two gallons of soapy water.

The beetles are lured to the pheromone, fall into the bag and drop to the soapy water.

A large tomato cage was used to suspend the trap above the soapy water. I use dish soap vs dish detergent. The soap bio-degrades and is friendly to the environment.

If I used just the bags, I would easily go through three to four bags per day. What a waste! You can use the same bag over and over again. The bucket is emptied once a day. The soapy water kills the beetles within minutes. I toss the dead beetles out in an out of the way place to break down and compost on their own.

The two traps have easily killed thousands of Japanese beetles. YES!!!!!!! I am already seeing a difference. There seems to be fewer beetles.

Papa

PS: Green Beans VS Japanese Beetles, Beetles Win!

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Floating Row Cover Saves the Day!!

Frost warnings were issued October 16th. Floating row cover saved our crops from cold damage and frost.

Three days ago we had a freeze in the Missouri Ozarks. Floating row cover saved our zucchini, green beans and zinnias from disaster.

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Check out the harvest after the row covers were removed from our green beans and zucchini!

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After the row covers were removed our zinnias remain in wonderful condition. There are plenty to cut and additional side shoots are on the way!

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The bees and butterflies are enjoying the flowers too!!

Row covers will extend the growing season up to 2 – 3 weeks!!!  Air and moisture pass through the covers while providing protection from the cold weather and frost.

So, invest in floating row cover, extend your fall harvest and enjoy the fruit of your labor.

Papa

The Garden Grew So Fast!!

I made three garden raised beds on August 18 and now they are starting to bear fruit! I planted zucchini, green beans and zinnias.

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Here are the beds two weeks later.

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Finally, the same three beds on September 23!

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Truly amazing!! Here are the first fruits!

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37 days from seed to fruit from a 45 day variety of zucchini. Again this proves that warm season vegetables grow faster when the soil is warm and there are proper nutrients. The green beans are beginning to flower and the zinnias have large flower buds!

Planting early is not always the best policy. Plus, now there are less chewing and probing insects. Stay tuned!!

Papa