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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......
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