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Keeping the heat on White FLY..until it dies!

Why the "White Fly" is the  LATEST HOT Gardening TOPIC  in the Tropics?Taking a pre-requisit gardening course of action prior to a gardenning course  , might be the right thing  to start with..
Gardening is an experiential thing.Lot of garden enthusiasts who wish to garden in the tropics revert to the internet,books,magazines and indoor classes that ripe with reading THEORY materials.For your eyes only Gardening is a HANDS ON course of ACTION:First learn to immerse your BODY hands in the dirt prior to getting occupy  your MIND eyes learning process .
Comes the topic of why the White Fly is the old-new menace of the "garden" terrace?
South Florida has been struggling with the white fly challenge for the last ten years.Some refer to the Wf as an imported garden predator.Some chose to unleash chemical warfare by using synthetic pesticides especially when the white fly endemic becomes systemic.For those who look for alternative solutions other than the chemical killing pest control,hope is on the horizon.Introducing NEEM TREE .
Now for the avid gardener, education and experience are of othe essence  upon seeking selective answers for the garden challenges.
1-Horticulural Decisions based on Education:As a certified Florida Master Gardener I learned to value research and consulting educated horticulturist and farmers .It pays to search and research.Seeking is one of the main pillars when it comes to Native American cultures.I remeber a wise Native American Lacota Chief once teaching me about two primal creations:1-Life 2-Seeking.So here I go seeking to learn from a research done by  University of Florida listing two Plant based BOTANICAL  solutions ,among other chemical pesicides.Because I chose the Organic Way as a path for urban farming  ,I select and emphasise using the following as an educated desicion for combatting the white fly endemic in S.Florida among other environmentally fiendly ,non chemical solutions:NEEM oil and Pyrethrine .Both are NATURAL and  non chemical Botancial plant based  Pesticides used to combat the white fly and its cousin the spiralling  white   fly.Source :
2-Horticultural Decisions based on Experience:From my personal experience of more than twenty years of hands on urban farming in S.Florida, I have learned to use NEEM as a solution to myriad garden challenges in the S.Florida garden.My experience of growing ,harvesting NEEM TREES  using Neem oil have convinced me that there are alternative solutions to combat the white fly chief among them is PLANTING several NEEM trees in our yards as a preventive approach to repell and combat garden predators like the WHITE FLY for example,without inflicting colateral damage on humans,the  environment,animals or even plants themselves that are attacked by pests and garden predators..Why Neem works ? Here is an ancient answer from INDIA the Source  of Ayeurvedic Culture .Here is a glimpse of experiential data that originates in the ancient  Sanskrit Indian Culture that states the Value of the NEEM tree.It is used as a PLANTand EARTH friendly  fungicide, pesticide, herbicide,and whatever you as an Ayeurvedic disciple  in  ancient SANSKRIT   decide to beleive in a human BODY-MIND-SPTIRIT "remedycide" .The time has come when the remedy that is used on  EARTH - PLANT -ANIMAL-HUMAN forms of life DOES NO KILL or HARM the  Forms of Intelligent  life whatever their manifestations be .Neem oil is a BALSSAM that  HELPS and NEVER HURTS.Do NO Harm is the OATH of HIPPOCRETES the father of Medicine that Doctors pledge.I hope Farmers heed and follow the Hippocretes Oath as well  to do no harm to Earth and Plants by refraining from using Chemical Pesticides that  KILL! Source:
If you need garden help or consultation on how to combat the white fly using alternatives to chemical pesticides or wish to attend our organic gardening classes ,please email us us on YOU TUBE:Tony Dagher urban gardener.More info about our classes 

White Fly threat to farming in South Florida and Lessons from thr Irish Potato Famine

As an urban farmer who battled with draught and recently with the white fly ,I like to share with you a lesson from history "The potato Irish Famine and some tips from my experience as an urban farmer in the Tropics.


First, here is a story for   farmers to learn  from .I Qoute it from HEIRLOUM SOLUTIONS ,FYI :

Qoute:"Here in the United States, we're spoiled. Food is cheap. I know it's hard to believe, given what you've probably been paying for groceries lately. But it's true. Even with rising food prices, we still pay a smaller percentage of our income for food than residents of just about any other country in the world. But the farming system that helps keep our food costs down also puts us at great risk. It's the same farming system that caused the Irish Potato Famine. And we all know what the result of that was -- 12 percent of the Irish starved to death. Millions more suffered the debilitating long-term health effects of severe malnutrition. If an event of the same magnitude happened in the United States today, we'd be talking about over 37 million lives lost.
What is this farming system -- and why did it cause the Irish Potato Famine? One word: monoculture. In case you're not familiar with the term, it simply means growing a single crop over a wide area. That's the very picture of how we grow food here in America today. Just take a drive through Idaho, and you'll see what I mean. You can drive past potato fields for hours on end until you want to scream from the monotony.
Today's monoculture farming put us at risk for major crop failure just as it did in the days of the Irish Potato Famine.

Next time you're at the grocery store, count how many varieties of potatoes you find. In mine, there are only three. Russets, Red, and Yukon Gold. Why so few? Because those are the three varieties that grow well in today's industrial agricultural operations. It's an economic decision. By planting just one variety over wide swaths of land, growers can streamline their operations and make more profits.
In Ireland in the 1840s, two thirds of the Irish population depended upon agriculture for their very survival. They lived on the land but didn't own it. Instead, they worked for their landlords in exchange for a plot of land to grow their families' food. Working the land demanded long, hard hours, and they needed a crop that was easy to grow in quantity. That crop was potatoes. In 1845, the Irish planted over 2 million acres of potatoes.
Potatoes were actually a New World crop brought back to Europe in the late 1500s. They caught on very quickly, and it's no wonder. Potatoes are, for the most part, pretty easy to grow. You dig a hole, drop in a potato, throw some dirt on it, and walk away. Occasionally, as the potato grows, you throw a little more dirt on it. Three months later, you've got a potato harvest. Potatoes originally started out as a delicacy grown in the gardens of the gentry. But by the early 1700s, they were a staple food of farm laborers and the poor.
For over a hundred years, potatoes were a staple crop and formed a major part of the diet for a huge portion of the population. By 1840, potatoes were the only significant source of food for 3 million Irish. Until 1845, that is. That was the year potato blight struck. Potato blight was actually Phytophthora infestans, a fungus-like infection that attacked the plants and actually caused them to ferment. First, the leaves turned black and curled up, and then began to rot. The tubers often looked perfectly normal on the outside, but were rotten on the inside. The disease spread quickly through windborne spores. One infected plant could infect thousands more in a matter of days. The blight spread at the rate of 50 miles a week or more. The whole countryside reeked of rot.
In 1845, up to half of the entire country's potato harvest was lost. In 1846, three quarters of it was lost. The Irish population fell by almost 25 percent as a million people died from starvation and over a million left the country.
Today, with all our technology and scientific advancements, we're making the same mistake the Irish did almost 200 years ago. We practice monoculture. Wheat, corn, and soy are the 21st century equivalent of yesteryear's Irish potato. We plant over 60 million acres of wheat each year, and over 70 million each of corn and soy. We're making the same mistake with potatoes too; U.S. potato production encompasses over a million acres. It would take just one disease with the same kill rate as Phytophthora infestans to cause a major collapse of US agriculture.
Eight Potato Varieties That Reduce Your Risk of Crop Losses
At Heirloom Solutions, we are the very antithesis of monoculture. The Bible tells us "Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth." (Ecclesiastes 11:2) If the Irish had heeded this wisdom and planted several varieties of potatoes, history would tell a very different story. " Unqoute.

Now back to the White Fly.There is an infestation that is endangering agriculture and vegetation in general in South Florida.It is the WHITE FLY .I have seen it and battled with it.There are infestations and more than just a white fly some name it as a spiral white fungus .

We need to drastically address this challenge in a way different from what we did with the CANKER disease that wiped out plenty of citrus trees and mainly ended up eradicating many of HEALTHY CITRUS trees as a collateral as well!!!

Here are some green solutions for defearting the white fly:

Hose the area affected with WF infestation early morning .Spray with an incecticidal soap.Spray with NEEM oil water solution .If infestation is SYSTEMIC, cut down tree or vegetation.NEED More solutions? Pls visit  :


White fly infestation attack as the summer heats up S.Florida

There are white flies all over .In the neighborhood where I used to live the white flies have turned the Gumbo Limbo tree into a a snow white color with white flies eggs and infestations completely covering the floiage and travelling to the neighboring palm and Cacti tree around my ex-apartment.This was one of the reasons rthat made me leave the neighborhood whic is infested really big time..

The white fly is almost taking over and attacking the green canvass in the area and looks like no one has started to do anything about it.

Any ideas what are best Organic Persticides to counter the white fly infestation other than neem and soap?Anyone who tried a home made recipe to combat the white fly other than the chemical pesticides?

Why are they taking home on certain trees like the gambo limbo? Questions are coming up while I look for a way to combat them without using chemical pesticides?Any idea/help will be appreciated



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