Blurp: Paranoia


What ME Paranoid


I have a bag of new soil I purchased specifically for seedlings and due to reading about gnats, which I absolutely HATE (but NOT as much as powdery mildew) I got paranoid and tossed my bag of soil into the freezer (chest freezer FYI). I went to my work area and forgot I had it in there, doh. I'm waiting for it to thaw. I probably killed off all the beneficials, oh well, better than having BUGS which really don't bother me. Spider mites, meh, no biggie, I just spray those little mother fuckers off, raise my humidity and treat if they are in veg stage with either Liquid Ladybug (sic), Neem or Mighty Wash which I actually burned some girls up with it cos' I sprayed with the LIGHTS ON if I remember correctly. I try to avoid at ALL COSTS, any non- organic bug killer. I HATE chemical, nasty pesticides. It's bad enough, for me, using neem, I'd wear a hazmat suit if I had one. I kid. ! I'm a freak like that. I do wear a mask when I use any of the above products except Mighty Wash since it's mostly just potassium.
Now that I've wandered onto the topic of pest/disease management or as I like to say when hit with PM or pests....

                                                          "THIS IS WAR!"  
                      

Powdery mildew, my friends, IS the and I quote a twitter bud, 
                      
                                 "POWDERY MILDEW IS THE AIDS OF CANNABIS" 🚫
because...It passes down to the BABIES. I'd like to mention a product (all natural) that I just love. Diatomaceous Earth. It's made from fossilized bodies of marine phytoplankton, acting like a razor blade to bugs, slices them, making them dehydrate and die. I use it for fungus gnats by putting a light layer on top of my growing medium. It kills the adults that land on it and also emerging larvae. The little bastards burrow in the soil/coco, mature and rise out of the soil like the Great Pumpkin rises up out of the pumpkin patch, ok, I embellished a tad. My bad. Well, my soil is thawed, LOL, time to plant! 
Keep It Lit!
Stonergurl xx




From http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp 
Diatomacious Earth (often referred to as "DE") is an off white talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When sprinkled on a bug that has an exoskeleton (such as bed bugs, ants or fleas) it gets caught between their little exoskeleton joints. As they move, the diatomaceous earth acts like razor blades and cuts them up. But it doesn't hurt mammals. We can eat it. We do eat it! It's in lots of grain based foods because lots of grains are stored with diatomaceous earth to keep the bugs from eating the grain!



           
I bought this but couldn't use it, freaked me out. Chemical, blue, didn't want breathe it,  not that great of ventilation in my area & couldn't move anywhere to spray (winter, freezing out!)