The invasion is here. I thought it would be good to post how everyone controls their garden pests.
Early in the season, my tomato plants were attacked by aphids. As disgusting as they are, they are also the easiest things to get rid of. A simple spray of the hose followed by a simple spray of a mix of fels naptha soap and water will get rid of the pests. Once knocked off the plant they do not return.
I also had an issue with caterpillars eating my tomato plant leaves as well as flowers. A simple shake of diatomaceous earth helped dry them up.
Now on to the problem childs…….. SQUASH BUGS AND CUCUMBER BEETLES!
Alas, I have tried about everything but the kitchen sink and these things just real back and laugh at me! Really! I have tried organic sprays, diatomaceous earth, soap sprays, pepper and garlic sprays, even whole crushed garlic and onions under the plants……… HA…. no help! I know people say that Sevin works, but I do not want to resort to this because of the health issues despite they claim it’s “safety”. To date nothing has been more helpful than daily vigilance of picking the adult bugs and searching the plants for eggs. Now when I say diligence… I mean picking 2-3 times per day… EVERY day! Do not miss a day or you will slide backwards. Do not be afraid to move your plant around… look under every leaf, around and under every stem and around the base of the plant. A help is to put a barrier down of cardboard around the plant. The bugs will tend to go under the cardboard seeking the cooler temps and moisture. This way it is easier for you to simply lift the cardboard and have a way at them! I also recently read that beetles do not like catnip… so, seeing as I have an abundance of catmint growing in the perennial garden, I am trying this. So far so good. The bugs scattered like flies soon after sprinkling the crushed mint around the plants including leaving them scattered on the leaves. I will post an update later to let you know if they “remained” away.
So, got bugs????? let’s hear about it! What are you doing to control the “gardener’s nightmare”?