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A new or old way to control garden insects. Hide them.

Posted Saturday, June 13, 2009, at 4:45 PM

Actually, I received an e-mail today from the BBPS (Bad Bug Preservation Society). They were complaining that the bad bugs in my area were having trouble decimating my veggies. Right after that came the notice from the militant KYGB (Keep Your Garden Beautiful) group.

I was aghast at their suggestions so I took a stroll to see what they were ranting about. Sure'nuf I could not find my veggies either and Deb's mother kept asking when the corn would be ready, but it was just a good crop of Johnson grass.

The surprise came when I realized that my veggies had grown well, along with the weeds and may have benefited from being disguised among all the other leaves because there were none of the usual bad guys. Now I am not sure I will always let the garden get away like that, and there is a time when the weeds must be cut or pulled, but it reinforces the theories of inter-planting and cover crops between rows.

The thought goes that if you have different plants next to each other, the bugs that zero in on one specific crop will get confused. They won't see the mass plantings with all the same leaves as easily and many will move on. Also, having a cover crop of clover or other legumes between rows will encourage beneficial insects to come in for the flowers, & the roots will set nitrogen in the soil.

Here is an interest link on other pest control methods. Strangely I found it on a blog for trading baseball cards, but the info is good for gardeners so......

http://baseballcardsets.org/5-tips-on-ho...


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Hi Steve, Mike came by and dropped off some flowers for me and Barbara. So nice of him to think about us stray little lambs.

You should see my grow boxes and raised beds. No bugs. I plant so many things close together that I believe it does fool the bugs a little. Also in a Jerry Baker book he said to put foil around your plants that bugs love and the reflection will keep the bugs away. I tried it. It is working good so far. Now wish I could find something to make the June bugs go away.

Hope to see you next meeting.

-- Posted by Ms Jere on Sat, Jun 13, 2009, at 11:49 PM

Jere,

Hire the town ducks while they're displaced.

They might have picked up some tricks from the weeder geese that visited the pond once.

(At the very least,you'll find out where the phrase "like a duck on a junebug" came from.)

Our ducks and chickens used to do a good job of eating caterpillars and beetles - so did the quail and wild turkeys.

The birds never did seem to have as much enthusiasm for (or subsequent upset from) the bugs as did one of our pups.

She ate about a cupful of junebugs off our screen door and had an upset tummy for about a week.

Maybe Barbara could loan out some of her poultry to the cause-or look for a lapdog with an undiscriminating palate.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Jun 14, 2009, at 11:02 AM

I saw Mike this morning at the VFW. He commented about how well your gardens look.

For those who came to the planting and re-planting at the VFW, thank you for your hard work and sweat.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 14, 2009, at 8:00 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.