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Re: [SPAM] RE:challenge to breeders

  • Subject: Re: [SPAM] RE:challenge to breeders
  • From: "Linda Smith" <irisgrower@cableone.net>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 21:11:51 -0700

 I stick garlic and onion everywhere and maybe marigolds inbetween.  Something tells me that might work.  I don't have that problem here.  I just do the garlic thing because there's always garlic cloves left over in kit. and since I put everything just about in my yard (in the desert rock, creating soil is just a by line). 
 I even shred all my junk mail and it gets into yard.  Anything that will hold a bit of water. 
But I figure as long as I pay the water bill, the amt. I use compared to all the golf courses they keep putting in, I can have my few flowers.  
 I wonder what eats borers.  I guess birds. The roadrunners around here keep snakes down and I think they eat plenty of bugs.   I wonder if earth worms eat the larvae of the borer.  I guess that's what nematodes do.??  Anyway, you have me thinking about this. Good luck!!!!
Linda in AZ
-------Original Message-------
Date: 02/17/07 19:37:19
Subject: [SPAM] [iris-photos] RE:challenge to breeders

Would it be possible to genetically engineer a TB iris against borers? This seems like a useful thing. I noticed that some of iris are not as susceptible to borers as others ? maybe they taste different? Could you breeders turn on that gene switch? That might

Be as desirable to the gardening public rather than a truly red iris or spoons and it would make a great plant even greater and more fully functional.

From: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com [mailto:iris-photos@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of TOM TOWLE
Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2007 6:59 PM
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [iris-photos] Discussion on Iris borers


Thanks for the advice but I did state non chemical means or alternatives to chemicals. So far I have not used anything but organic food for my plants and I would like to keep it that way as I do not wish to absorb any systemics myself as I like to lounge about it the flowerbeds J


From: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com [mailto:iris-photos@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of TOM TOWLE
Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2007 2:53 PM
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [iris-photos] Discussion on Iris borers




I am looking for alternatives to chemical control of iris borers here in the Midwest.

I grow an acre of tall bearded and also some Siberians. I found a lot of borer cocoons buried beneath a row of Siberians that I was moving this fall. I know borers can?t hurt the tiny rootlets of the Siberian but maybe they could be lures for overwintering?

I also heard about some nematodes that offer promise but don?t know where to find a supplier.

If any Irsarians know I would be appreciative.





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