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Sometimes I feel like I'm living 2 lives at once. One life is in the here and now, raising my son to be as successful and happy as possible if business as usual continues. The other is trying to prepare my family, friends, and community as best I can for either sudden or protracted collapse of industrial civilization. It's a mad, mad world.
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Curly top virus

Permanent Linkby General Doom on Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:04 pm

All my beautiful pepper plants seem to have curly top virus. At least that's what I think it is. I'm so disappointed, because based on what I read there's not much I can do about it at this point, and I was so looking forward to those peppers. I planted 20 different varieties, carefully selected and nurtured from seeds. They were doing great until they got about a foot high. Now all the top leaves are tiny and curly, and the plants have stopped getting bigger. Grr!

On the plus side, we do have a lot of baby cucumbers going. But my husband and son both love peppers, and I was planning to try to sell some at the co-op, too. Guess I'll have to focus on pickles instead.

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Re: Curly top virus

Permanent Linkby smallpoxgirl on Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:32 pm

Bummer. If it's a virus, I'm guessing that even petrochemical ag producers are susceptible huh? It's not like they can spray the fields with anti-virals.
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Re: Curly top virus

Permanent Linkby General Doom on Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:29 pm

Yeah, apparently it's spread by some insects, and they've moved on by the time the plants have symptoms of the virus. The control for the insects is some hideously toxic stuff, which doesn't work all that well anyway. The other control is a physical barrier to keep the bugs out, but these bugs are small, so it would shade the plants and be a general pain to deal with.

I sprayed them with neem oil based stuff, which I use on my cat and ourselves to repel ticks, in case it helps. They do look a little perkier today. Maybe I'll get lucky with it. I think neem is sort of miraculous. The ticks around here are resistant to most of the standard chemicals these days, so I'm thrilled to have this organic stuff that works so well.
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