A: Sounds like bacterial wilt. There is really nothing that can be done other than remove the infected plants. If you want, there is still time to plant another crop.
Q: My house has recently been treated for termites using a chemical called adonis. Are garden vegetables, planted close to the house, safe to eat?
A: The key ingredient in adonis is imidacloprid. Although, it is used on vegetable crops, we are providing you a link so you can read and make your own determination: www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/pests/plant_pests/shrubs/hgic2059.html
A: Sounds like you could have pickleworms. Use a product with BT, which is good for any caterpillar problem and safe for beneficial insects. Read the instructions carefully. The Label is the LAW!
A: Sounds like it could be the tomato horn worm. To get rid of them, find a product that contains BT, which will not harm beneficial insects or birds that eat the worms. If any of the caterpillars appear to have white raised rice spots on them, leave those alone. These rice spots indicate parasitic wasps' larvae, which are good guys.
A: There is a fall Master Gardener class we can send you information on. We'll contact you with the email information. Thank you!
A: Suggest you go to two different sites to research the method that is best for you. Both are recommended extension sites. (1) www.growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-fireants (2) www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/vegetables/gardening/hgic1263.html
Q: Can I use Malathion spray on squash blossoms? I've read that Sevin kills bees so I didn't want to use this.
A: Malathion is also very toxic to bees. You didn't mention why you were spraying but, if it's because of the squash vine border, here's an extension link that will provide you with biology and management of these pests:
A: You should prune in the winter when the plants are dormant. Depending on the harshness of the weather, it is safer to do it in January rather than in earlier months. Bear in mind, next year's harvest might be slightly less.
Q: My green beans are cut off around base of their stalks. I don't have rabbits, deer or voles but have had fire ants in the past. What could be doing this?
A: Believe it or not, sounds like the fire ants are the culprit. They can chew the stalks in two. Suggest you try to organically treat the fire ants. You can read more at this link:
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