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Five biggest fails for growers

With all the new growers jumping on boad with gardens, problems, mistakes and goofs are numerous and at times, disastrous. Our informal survey has defined five major areas where unprepared growers can experience catastrophes. Total garden loss is uncommon, but large losses in harvest can result if unknowing growers don't take precaustions to handle pest infestations, molds and mildews, complications due to weather changes, improper feeding and post harvest care. We'll be posting this blog series in sections over the next couple of months, so be sure to check back for new installments.

Cheap as dirt? Not so much

Hydroponics not withstanding, the biggest factor for healthy plants and a heavy yield is hte quality of soil the plants are grown in.

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UNIquE and new:

Hot deals! Special buys!

Maxsea 20 lb. buckets

One of the most popular base nutrients. Easy to use, and normally cost effective, Maxsea is an even better buy now. Thanks to special purchasing, we are able to offer the 20 lb. buckets for only $119.88 (MSRP is $159.95). Even better, buy four or more and pay only $99.88 per bucket.

$119.88

4 or more, only $99.88

Maxsea 50 lb. bags on sale... $249.70 special introductory pricing!

One of the most popular base nutrients is now available in 50 pound bags.

*sale prices not valid with any other discount

Chikamasa all models back in stock

Our supplier of Chikamasa pruning tools is fully stocked again, and so are we. We also have several different models of conventional pruners starting at $4.

Quail Mountain Ranch has nursery pots galore

Whether you need some short term nursery pots for your clone's first transplant, or giant fabric pots, we have them all in stock.

Some of our customer's favorite buys are the 3.5" x 3.5" "shuttle" pots, which we sell at $19.88 per hundred. These are perfect for moving many small rooted clones via propagation tray, or for starting seeds.

Standard round nursery pots run in sizes from one gallon up to 20 gallons, and start at 59¢

Our hottest selling plant containers are the fabric pots. Whether you prefer the American made Smart Pots, or the cheaper Gro Pro brand, we have a full selection of all sizes up to 300 gallons. Last year, we sold hundreds of the big fabric pots as people learned just how well they work to allow air to reach the root zone, improve drainage, and maximize growth.

If hydro is your choice, we have bucket lid net pots, food grade black buckets for deep water culture systems, plus all the grommets, uniseals and tubing to put together a perfect system. We also have a full selection of smaller net pots for aeroponic systems, flood and drain, etc.

  Foil Smelly Proof Bags: Hey all you apocolypse preppers! Check out the food grade mylar bags by Smelly Proof. Great for storing food, meds and herbs. These resealable bags are odor proof, light proof and waterproof. You can vacuum most of the air out, then use a conventional laundry iron to heat seal the bag. Resealable as well!!

These bags are perfect for long term storage of dried foods, herbs and smelly stuff. You know, like incense. Keeps moisture levels consistent. You know, like for tobacco.

Bamboo in stock

We currently have plenty of all sizes of bamboo in stock from 1 foot all the way up to 12 feet. We sell smaller bamboo in 25 pack bundles, but will also sell 6, 8, 10 and 12 footers individually.

 

 

 

 

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Q: The leaves on my plant are curling at the edges, and the new growth is yellow-brown and shriveled. I suspect a deficiency. What is causing this?

Deficiencies can be hard to pin down, but unfortunately these symptoms (especially if you started with high quailty soil and have been on a good feeding program) also may indicate the presence of broad or russet mites, or thrips. I can't tell you how many customers came into the store last June and July, heading straight for the calcium and magnesium boosters. It got to be habit to caution them to check also for the presence of these pests. Often the infestation starts low in the branches and works up the plant. The leaf curling, or "canoeing" of the leaves is the initial symptom, then apparently some of these pests actually carry the hatching offspring to where the new growth is coming out so that they can feed on the tender growth.

If you are seeing these signs, take your handheld microscope (you do have one, right?) and examine the underside of the leaves. Thrips larvae look like squirming maggots, and broad mites look like tiny spider mites. You may be able to see spider mites with your bare eye, but the broad and russet require a microscope. The adult mites may be hard to spot, but if you do have an infestation, you will be able to see the eggs, tiny spherical globes on the underside of the leave. Once you have identified your pest, treatment can be administered.

For thrips, our customers have had the best results using spinosad based sprays like Monterey Insect Spray. There are many other brands, just make sure the label says "spinosad." Follow the instructions on the label, and don't be afraid to follow up with more sprays after a few days.

For the broad mites, sulphur based sprays seemed to work best for our customers. Safer 3-in-1 is sulphur based. Some customers used their own sulphur concotions. There are sulpher sprays used for the grape industry as well. I've heard some growers also "burn" sulpher, but this may be frowned on by your local air pollution control agency.

Following both treatments, add an azadachtrin product like AzaMax to your watering regimen. The azadachtrin becomes systemic in the plant, and when the bugs take a bite, it really makes 'em sick.

To PREVENT these bugs from getting a foothold in your garden, you can use these precautionary steps:

1. Use a sulphur treatment in your nursery.

2. Use an azadachtrin product in your nursery and on your mother plants.

3. Start with seeds.

4. If you use cloned cuttings, dip them when you take them in a miticide. Keep your nursery stock away from your mother stock.

5. Avoid unproven nursery sources and get an assurance from your provider that your plants are mite free. Then dip them as soon as you get home anyway.

6. Check the plants frequently with your microscope. You'll often spot bugs before damage is widespread on your plants. If you see eggs or mites, treat for them as above.

 

The miracle of the neem tree

Most garden enthusiasts are familiar with neem oil. Commonly used as a pest control, neem oil is the product of a tree most often found in tropical zones, particularly in India and pakistan.

Extremely drought resistant, the neem tree's products have many uses. Leaves are used like mothballs to protect stored cloth and linen. The seeds and fruits are crushed and pressed for the oil, which works as a non pesticidal insect inhibitor.

Non-toxic, their is some compound in the neem oil that acts as an anti-feedant and inhibitor to breeding. Oddly enough, while the compound has been identified as azadactrin, the affect it has on the insects isn't clear to scientists. Some describe the affect as something neurological that confuses the insect, causing it not to feed and breed.

While that alone makes the neem tree an admirable, there is much more to this renewable resource. In areas of desert, environment specialists are conducting experiments in using neem forests to reclaim the arid, unproductive land. Since neem trees can live in areas of light rainfall, they are perfect for anti-desertification. In areas where there is a water table but little rain, the neem tree can thrive. Once established, the tree provides shade and food for animals, reduces evaporation, and provides organic litter to start other types of vegetation. The roots tap deep, and help aerate and condition the soil.

Various parts of the neem tree are used for food, in comsmetics, to heal skin diseases, medicines, and even as a soil amendment. Containing nitrogen and potash, neem "meal" or cake is the byproduct of processing neem seeds and fruit in extracting the neem oil. Returned to the soil, neam meal provides those macronutrients, plus carbon, sulphur, calcium and magnesium as well as residual azadachtrin. Added as an amendment, growers believe their plants are much more resistant to insect infestation, particularly that of the various mites.

"Since I started using neem meal as an amendment, I have had no bug problems," said one of our sales reps who calls on the store. In these recent seasons of epedemic broad and russet mite infestaions, that could be great news particularly for organic growers who don't like to use the commonly adopted miticides like FloraMite, Avid and Forbid. As an amendment, neem meal is also much cheaper than most mite spray treatments. And if you can't find neem meal, you can use azadachtrin products like Azamax; feed it into the soil so the plant can uptake the azadachtrin. Growers in our circle who use this as a preventative were among those who did not experience any broad or russet mite infestations.

BTW, neem seed meal is not that easy to find, but yes, we do have it at the store, and are working on labels to sell bags smaller than 50 pounds. I expect neem meal to be a top option for those who like to amend their soils to feed their plants.

conrad@quailmountainranch.net

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