Cristo Balete wrote:Worms can't exist when diatomaceous earth is in the soil, so they will leave. They are Permaculture's main soil improvers, especially in clay. And you can't get some of those permanent soil additives out once they get into the soil, so let's not forget the bigger picture.
Travis Schultz wrote:As I stated in my last post, those slugs were crawling on FRESHLY applied d.e. I put it on during a really dry couple weeks here. And iv reapplied after morning dew also. It was not wet. It was working with any bug that had an exoskeleton. But not drying out the slugs.
Travis Schultz wrote:
I have a place by me that sells them, but what I was thinking was doing a little homework and trying to breed a package of nematoads out in whatever conditions they prefer. Maybe get lucky and be able to breed them in a compost tea, I have a 55 gallon vortex brewer and I am already familiar with making a tea mix high in predatory bacteria like nematoads ameobas and protozoa, but i have little control over exactly which ones I grow. Maybe the store bought nematoads could be more easily grown and isolated. That would make it an easy fight if it worked.
Did you notice it working?
And as far as repellents go I think I am done trying. Plus in my experience as a pseudo biodynamic farmer for awhile, I found most of the biodynamic preparations to be rather time consuming without a ton of results.
Travis Schultz wrote:Watching that video it looks like the simplest biodynamic preparation iv ever seen lol. They must have left out the fantasy parts of it like stirring facing the rising sun, while speaking your intentions to it. Or burying it on the summer equinox etc etc.
Travis Schultz wrote:Awesome! I'm doing that tonight. The sub species of nematoads in my area would probly be better than the store bought commercially brew species. Maybe they are the same, idk. But to not have to buy the nematoads that's great. I wild harvest probiotics and beneficial indigenous microorganisms already, so that really fits into my system. Very small amount of actual work and time.
I love hearing a solution that really just makes sense and fits into my style farming, that's the point iv been trying to get across. The d.e didnt really work for me, but iv had amazing success with d.e in other areas, including making a paste mixing it with water and painting it on the tree trunks.or as a root drench for certain soil dwelling pests, d.e in my experience has not affected my worms, snails, or slugs, but does the job for squash bugs and for root maggots.
BT really helps me with cabbage worms but nothing else that I have noticed, and the repellants like neem and hot pepper or garlic do work for a short amount of time for some pests but not all of them.
If the nematoads thing works I'm solving the problem at the micro level, which is exactly what I like to do.
I am making it tonight and he said it takes 2 weeks so Henry, please keep updating here as you notice whether it's working for you, I will also.
Leila Blair wrote:To Travis,
I'm a little upset by your comment "how can we increase the price for the same item?"
Most of my friends don't even shop at the farmers markets because they can't afford the high prices .
I walk up and down the whole market looking for people who are selling cheaply enough for me to be able to afford their produce on my fixed income.
Organic has fast become food for the rich.
I grow as much as I can myself, but because of the vagaries of weather and grasshoppers I still have to shop the farmers market.
I would LOVE to see an article about how farmers can make a sufficient living growing organic at a price all people could afford
Leila Blair wrote:Would diatomaceous earth get rid of the slugs?
Last year my Great Pyranees had such a bad flea problem his hair was falling out.
So i dosed all the dogs with d-earth and it worked immediately.
I put it in my chicken pen too to help with bugs.
Glenn Darman wrote:I digress Travis as we only have 250sqm of veggie's.Where we live now they aren't a problem and we hardly see any(Lucky I guess) I sheet mulched our original no-digs but have done away with them as they didn't perform well here.One thing we do have in abundance is "Slaters" tiny silver grey things that look like they belong in Jurassic park but they don't seem to harm any veggies that I've noticed.
Flinthoph Luthhaughmer wrote:It seems like every cool idea I try based on one website, the next day I find the other website that explains why it's a scam or just doesn't work.