rainbowgardener wrote:RE: We have been using neem oil consistently all summer and it's just flat out not working. We are losing the battle on all our pepper plants to an ant colony, our watermelons have bugs, and we lost our cucumbers.
You need to identify what the problem is and treat with something appropriate to the problem.
Unless sprayed directly on the critters, where it will have some suffocating effect, Neem is generally only effective against leaf eaters. Most ants are not leaf eaters. In what way is the ant colony destroying your pepper plants? Most often ants do not eat living plants. They do often "farm" aphids - bring the aphids and put them on your plants. A severe aphid infestation can cause a lot of problems.
What kind of bugs do your watermelons have? Squash bugs maybe? What did you lose your cucumbers to?
When you have identified the pest/ disease/ problem, then you can treat it with something appropriate/ effective.
Thanks to all of you for the replies,
This is Marty.... As far as problems go, I was able to do a little investigating; the watermelons seem to have, well, birds. I safely assume that neem oil is not for them. The ants are certainly "farming" aphids on our pepper plants, and there does seem to be something eating up the leaves. The plants themselves appear green and healthy, but they are struggling to produce, and when they do produce, the peppers aren't even close to what they used to be.
The cucumbers have something boring through the leaves, and I cannot seem to find where I saw a post about what that might be. And that counts for not, as the heat alone seems to be killing off the vines anyway, so the cucumbers are out for now.
Our little test patch was precisely for identifying these kinds of problems before we sow the big garden.
I'll do some looking for the other products mentioned and see if they will work. We have a bit of a restriction on products. The property we are farming is owned by someone else and they say, "No chemicals," but that seems to leave us feeding only the local wildlife... lol Maybe we'll find something in the middle?