As the mercury rises I have a tendency to hide. I’m a wilter at the first sign of 80F, even a 75F day can get to me. Perhaps it’s that I have a little hotbox for a baby on me most of the time. I peel her away, hair curled with sweat, she smiles at me and I think, “Oh well, it rained last night so at least I don’t have to water, I think we’ll stay right here.” That little babe is a real lazy-maker out of me.
But, this is the time the critters and pests start getting my flora and I told myself I’d be more vigilant after last year’s buggy munchers got so much of our produce. Blighted tomatoes – can’t really do much except move the next season’s crop as far away from the affected area, check!
There are a few things you can do for bad buggos
- Collar tender plants to keep cutworms away – can use a can, plastic bottle cut into a ring or a TP roll cut into a ring – immerse 1″ of whatever you use into the dirt at the base of the plant
- Slugs – beer can be used a bait, or sprinkle diatomaceous earth (crushed shells of sea animals) around the slugs favorite plants (hosta, lettuces) or if you have no qualms go out in the morning with the salt shaker and sprinkle on the little critters and watch osmosis in action.
- Aphids – introduce some lady bugs with short-lived success, blast them with water – simple and effective or use insecticidal soaps
- Inspect and treat the underside of plants where most insects like to hang out and lay their eggs.
- Self-rising flour is a home-remedy I’ve heard about and tried. Works for brassica that are getting munched and I’m thinking I might also try it on my vining plants for the squash borer I had last year.
- Treat early in the day with most of these remedies – that’s when the munchers are most active.
None of these solutions will have a chance of working if I don’t get out there and inspect my garden. So, onward and outside I’ll be heading to ward off those pesky peskersons.