For the first time this year I’m growing members of the cabbage family that are preferred host plants for harlequin bugs. With the introduction of Russian Kale, Hakurei turnips and Mizuna to my garden, came more Harlequin bugs.
The Rest of the Story
In spite of the fact that I know better after 35 years of gardening, I tried to ignore the fact that the bugs were multiplying right under my nose. Don’t ask me what I was thinking — or what caused me to do it — but I just tried to pretend I didn’t notice the damage they were doing and the increase of that damage. I know it sounds unbelievable, but I guess I was busy doing other things and didn’t want to give it attention.
Fortunately for my garden, I came to my senses before total disaster took place and started an all out campaign to kill them. They’re a lot easier to find and destroy than something like squash bugs. I could never have afforded to be this lax with squash bugs or potato beetles or I would have paid dearly for it.
Anyway – I now have the harlequin bugs under control and will continue to be diligent, but the point is — had I addressed the problem immediately I would not have had a problem in the first place.
One of the Most Successful Controls
If you’re a long-time organic gardener you are familiar with hand-picking and destroying various pest that attack your garden. This is one of the most successful methods of controlling garden pests, but one that takes diligence and persistence. But it does work!
A Friend’s Story
A friend and reader of TMG in Maryland had a lot of trouble with stink bugs last year. She was on the alert this spring and killed everyone she saw in the early spring — which amounted to about 400. (Yes — she kept track.)
She wrote to me on June 28th saying, “I only see one here and there. This time last year, I was infested! This makes me realize afresh, that with diligence and persistence, I have managed to cull their numbers — so just when I feel like giving up on the squash vine borer and squash bug — I won’t!”
I found that very encouraging! Thought I’d pass the encouragement along.
Organic Gardening it easy, efficient, effective and it’s a lot easier.
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