Robert Bruin

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Has no one tried or heard of the push-pull method for growing corn?
7 years ago
Hi just wondering if anyone has tried the push-pull method for pest control of stem borers in north america, the typical species used in Kenya (country of original development) is Napier grass and a desmodium sp. I looked up both and it says I can grow both in Canada, though it would appear napier grass might be considered an invasive species, and Canadian tick trefoil (desmodium canadense) is a fairly expensive seed to get, due to its use a showy wild flower.

So does anyone have any experience with this method of pest control or any of these species of plants?

You can use both of the extra plants for Attlee forage, has anyone had problems feeding them to animals, or any other corcerns growing these plants, why is Napier grass considered invasive, can it be controlled?

Any advice would be great thanks,
Cheers
7 years ago
Thanks a lot, I didn't realize that the eggs took so long to hatch...I will definitely have to go get some more worms then, there should be lots of eggs but yah I need this bin to start cranking out vermicast as soon as possible

cheers
7 years ago
So our vermicompost bin was outside for most of the winter, my thought process was that YES the worms would die (sorry worms) but that after a good amount of time inside the bin would thaw out and the worm eggs would hatch and shazaam my bin would be back up and running....so after about a week inside (most likely below room temp tho, we're heating with a wood stove-though the bin is close to the stove) NO worms, nothing, the bin seems to be at the appropriate moisture content, there is food...the bin worked just fine before the freeze....any ideas, I thought the worm eggs were hardy enough to go through a freeze...maybe not, do I need to find myself some more worms?
7 years ago
Hi, I'm market gardening and want to include rhubarb in my produce this year, I know you aren't to harvest rhubarb the first year or even much the second year, I know it best to transplant from an established plant. That being said, can I start double the amount of plants from seed, let half establish and harvest the other half, not really caring if the plants make it through the season, can I even lightly harvest these plants and even keep them alive enough to establish and then harvest the other half next year letting the first half recover next year?

Is starting from seed even going to give me much for plants this year, can I start them early in the spring and transplant them out a bigger seedlings, or will they not even have shoots until later in the year?
7 years ago