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My Carolina reaper plant is thriving and I'm starting to get peppers about 2in long on them. The only thing is they don't look like Carolina reaper peppers I've seen online. I ordered them from totally tomatoes and I'm 99.999999% I didn't screw up while planting them. Any ideas if this is actually a reaper? 

 

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3 hours ago, Lost Cause said:

My Carolina reaper plant is thriving and I'm starting to get peppers about 2in long on them. The only thing is they don't look like Carolina reaper peppers I've seen online. I ordered them from totally tomatoes and I'm 99.999999% I didn't screw up while planting them. Any ideas if this is actually a reaper? 

 

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Def not reapers.  Look like some sort of cayenne. 

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Here are some of my reapers. I believe they were cross pollinated as I picked the seeds from a field of superhots last year and grew them starting in dec. 

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Anyone use orange oil for beetles? 

I'm at the end of my rope with these beetles on the eggplant.

Spraying consistently with neem and spinosad but they are just cleaning the leaves down to the stem, especially the flower stalks. Hand picking too.

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On 7/10/2019 at 10:31 PM, NaturalScience said:

Anyone use orange oil for beetles? 

I'm at the end of my rope with these beetles on the eggplant.

Spraying consistently with neem and spinosad but they are just cleaning the leaves down to the stem, especially the flower stalks. Hand picking too.

Flea beetles?  Never used orange oil.  Pyrethrin does it but I think you’re avoiding that.  I’ve read hanging some yellow sticky tapes can catch a lot.  I have been away a bit and my potatoes are getting wrecked. Bugs might win that one

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17 hours ago, NaturalScience said:

Anyone else having a banner year for beans?

All of my bean crops are just fantastic this year. String, black, lima all growing like crazy.

Mine beans are late. 2nd planting after woodchuck and fence mending 

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52 mins ago, JimW said:

Flea beetles?  Never used orange oil.  Pyrethrin does it but I think you’re avoiding that.  I’ve read hanging some yellow sticky tapes can catch a lot.  I have been away a bit and my potatoes are getting wrecked. Bugs might win that one

Not flea beetles.  I think it's Japanese beetle. That's the only beetle I've actually seen on the plants, though, when I look up common pests for eggplant they are not listed but I'm pretty certain they eat just about anything. 

I've been really consistently spraying but for some reason the eggplant continues to get beat up. The rest of the plants are good. Even the slugs have seemed to leave the cabbage alone. 

It seems to be when the plants flower, too. They'll seem to be fine, getting some new growth, then flower and it's like the dinner bell rings. I'll post some pics.

Even put up a bug zapper. Probably about 50' away.

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These are the eggplant. A bit of fungal infection but it's not too bad, but man the bugs just strip them in no time. I got one really beautiful fruit so far. I may try a night time "row" cover. It's really the only other thing I can think of.

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Steve,

Thanks for suggesting the San marzano.  They are doing quite nicely, setting good fruit. I'm really looking forward to processing them and giving some nice homemade gifts. And eating them, too. Lol.

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Here's some shots of the garden, currently.

Really happy with the onions and beans.

Cucumbers dragged their feet a bit to start but are really coming on strong.

I'm hoping the cantaloupe and watermelon will do the same.

Overall it's been a really good year.

I really think the preventive spraying of neem oil has helped  stem off some of the issues I had last year, namely fungal but also bugs too. There's been a lot less caterpillar damage on the broccoli and kale this year. 

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Nice!   You’re in great shape.  My garlic is about one dead leaf away.  Potato pest is mostly slugs.  Will try to torture some of those in the morning 

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