Re: [gardeners] dishwashing liquid

margaret lauterbach (
Fri, 02 Jun 2000 10:46:52 -0600

At 09:28 PM 6/1/2000 PDT, you wrote:
>Dear Margaret and list,
>  Gosh, that was a good tip!  (spraying dish washing liquid onto insect 
>infected plants).  I don't have that problem yet, well, at least not with 
>ants.  My basil plants are getting pretty "holed" up by slugs... I keep 
>forgetting to put the diamaceous earth out around them until it's too late 
>and I've already come in for the night.
>  I have a quick question:  I'm growing the 'Navaho' thornless blackberry.  
>This is their second year with me.  I've noticed that each of them have put 
>out a remarkably fast growing tall stalk -- looks like a giant celery stalk 
>-- this year.  At least one each, some of the plants have had 3-4 of them.  
>I've kept these mystery stalks trimmed to the height of the bush, but am 
>wondering -- what the heck are these things?  Male parts? (swear to god that 
>is what it looks like) Is it something that I should allow to grow tall?  
>They weren't there last year!
>  Carolyn
>  Zone 7a
>  Bethesda, MD

Carolyn, I'm going to answer the question you didn't ask. Zap your slugs
with a homemade spray of about 50% water and 50% household ammonia. It
usually doesn't hurt plants (if you have some rare babies there, you might
want to try a leaf first). Two or three evenings with a flashlight and
spray bottle will greatly reduce your population of slugs. Margaret L, who
has never grown blackberries.