Abe Coley

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since Nov 13, 2010
Missoula, MT
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Recent posts by Abe Coley

i do a combination of 3 things:
- 1 tsp neem oil per 2 cups water, sprayed with spray bottle every few days.
- a light dusting of diatomecious earth through a hand-pump duster
- picking them off by hand and smashing them between your fingers

look for any plants that are their headquarters... i had an overwintered kale plant in the greenhouse that was the base of their operations
make a rubble igloo and put a little table and chairs in there.
3 days ago
kinda looks like old fairy rings. dig in the soil under one of those C shapes and see if there is white stuff. i've heard they can show up where there used to be trees/shrubs that were cut down -- looking at the pics i can imagine a windbreak used to be there
3 days ago
I recall Mark saying he uses the rod out of the bottom of a card-catalog drawer, like this:webpage
1 week ago
i'm a permaculture hack that works and my experience so far has been ok
2 weeks ago
a hose clamp probably wont slip and then you could tie wire the plain porcelain insulators to the hose clamp.

if you want to tie them on with just tie wire you have to make a notch or drill a hole or otherwise make some kind of edge to tie the wire to. Also, with the tie wire, going around the pipe many more times and laying the wraps down as flat and as tight as you can also helps.
2 weeks ago
Anybody on here ever plant trees into a type 2 fairy ring (the dark green type)?

Last summer I had the end of a row of corn near a fairy ring and the last two corn plants in that row were deeply deeply green all summer compared to the others and they grew way bigger. But corn is basically a grass, so that's not too surprising, I guess. Out in the field where I never water, the fairy ring grass stays green all summer whereas the rest of the grass turns brown.

Also I heard there's a lab in my town using fairy ring fungus to to improve drought-tolerance in plants.

Anyhow, I have a few fairy rings and in the next week or so I'm going to plant some various trees into them and see what happens. Just wondering if anyone else has done this and what your experience has been.

3 weeks ago