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Re: The Sun is Back!

Yep, praying mantis will eat nearly anything, including each other. Great for controlling the bad guys, however. If you turn an egg case loose in your yard, you'll be bug free in no time. Just make sure what needs to be pollinated has been pollinated before turning them loose.

On Jun 10, 2006, at 4:17 PM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:

Sue, I have seen them in the past. They showed up when some nasty creepy
crawlies were really eating some of the vegetation in the yard. They do a
nice job of control. I haven't seen one for about 6 years here, but then, I
haven't had any real trouble with pests lately either...other than the
carpenter bees that we are trying to ignore. They love the fascia board
over the garage door, but none of attacked, tried to invite themselves into
either the garage or the house, so other than looking at a new fascia board
sometime down the road, we're taking a live and let live attitude. They do
a great job of pollenization in the yard.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of SueNY
Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2006 4:04 PM
To: Gardens & Gardening
Cc: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] The Sun is Back!

Well after about a week of nothing but rain rain and more rain, along with
cool temps (65-70 daytime, 55-60 night time) the sun has returned.
Unfortunately it came along with high winds. *sigh* I hope the cool wet
weather hasn't hurt my veggies. They all look pretty good. I am lucky enough
to live within walking distance of two lovely nurseries so I went for a walk
today. Ended up getting a gorgeous trailing petunia, some impatients, a flat
of dusty miller and a nice pot of lavender. One of the nurseries was giving
away tomato plants for free because they had overstocked! Too bad I already
have more than enough. :-) Everything seems to be doing well for me so far.
My cukes bounced back and are getting huge, my herb seedlings are nice and
happy, even all my geranium seeds sprouted! The only think I'm not sure
about is my rose bush. It was dormant when we got it about 2 weeks ago and
of course right after we planted it the rain and cold came. I hope it will
be okay!
Oh, and we have lots of lovely ladybugs! :-) One of the nurseries I was at
was selling pouches of 1500 each. They also had praying mantis eggs. The
nurseryman said they eat just about every pest you can think of. Anyone have
any in their garden?


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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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