Daniel Ackerman

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Lehigh Valley, PA zone 6b
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It’s still around. The blight doesn’t necessarily kill the entire tree, just the above-ground part. I’ve read that it’s pretty common for chestnuts to send up shoots from an ancient root system, which can live for up to 15 years before the blight knocks them back down.


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1 week ago
Thanks for posting. Just yesterday, I was looking at my asparagus berries and wondering what to do about the berries to expand the patch.

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1 week ago
Just wanted to say that I liked that link so much that I found an ancient copy of the book online and bought it. Looks like there are quite a few available in the UK. It’ll take about 2 months for it to get here to the US, but I’ll be able to enjoy it during the cold winter.
1 week ago
I read somewhere that you can wrap athletic support tape around the base of the vines to keep the moths from laying their eggs. It’s stretchy and breathable. I tried it this year, and thus far, I haven’t lost anything to borers or seen any signs of that kind of damage. Last year by this time, I had lost my entire crop.

I bought a six pack of “vet tape” from Amazon. Each one is a different color. I used red.

The Invasive spotted lantern flies, though, are giving my cucumbers a hard time.

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2 months ago
The changing climate has made Siberia a dramatically different place. Much more land is arable, but the melting permafrost is releasing massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere. The fires are terrible this year. I hope the Russian government is not encouraging people to move to Siberia and cut forests to create industrial farmland.

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2 months ago
Hi folks. I hope some knowledgeable people can help me diagnose some sick plants. First, I have some runner beans that are showing some yellowing and dying back of a few lower leaves. Some upper leaves are curling. These beans are Blau Hildas, so they have a purplish color anyway.

I also have some cucumbers that are taking a fair amount of damage on their leaves, as well as on the fruit. I’m not sure if it’s bacterial or fungal. We do have Striped and spotted cucumber beetles, as well as the shield-shaped squash bugs. I’ve been hand licking each day, which seems to be keeping the numbers under control. I broke off a large leaf stem to see if there was the characteristic milkiness of bacteria, and I didn’t see it.

Thanks!
Daniel


Nice post. I’m trying to figure out how to attract ground beetles to control my slugs. I’ve put out some broken pots in hopes of a toad or two, and I have plenty of stones around as my borders. I’ve seen no signs of snakes yet. Any idea what the minimum effective size for a beetle bank is? I’m thinking I could find room for a clump of Pennsylvania Sedge (a local native grass), but I don’t want to give up precious space. The garden is in the front, and we don’t have a ton of room to spare.

Thanks!
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3 months ago
Ken, those shots are gorgeous. You’ve clearly got a great eye. I just started stalking the beneficials (and others) with a macro lens. I’m curious what your gear setup is, if you don’t mind sharing.

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3 months ago
I’ve noticed a number of assassin bugs in the garden this season. Never saw them here before. Yesterday morning, I found one on a cucumber feeding on a spotted cucumber beetle. Thought I’d share.

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3 months ago
Oh. Swiss/rainbow chars also do well in the summer here.
3 months ago