After dealing with the pests in my garden I have noticed small holes in many of my plants and a little black bug. When I went in my garage looking for a insect control that I had used years before, my son commented, “does this mean our veggies are not organic?” How to Get Rid of Garden Bugs Other Gardening Tips
Feeling the guilt I researched some ways to keep my veggies organic but outside of physically killing each cucumber beetle as you see them, you will have bugs.
I found Ortho’s EcoSense Insecticidal soap. It can be sprayed on the bugs instantly and kills them. Due to the amount of rain we have had I feel I spray it and then it is gone the next day. I have used up the bottle and went to Walmart to repurchase and they were completely out.
There are plenty of websites that suggest companion planting of veggies and herbs especially. I have planted marigolds to attract the “good insects ” and steer away the bad but I think nature will do it’s thing and there really is nothing I can do. I do wish I could get a hold of a bottle of that insecticidal soap again.
Here is a link to a website that states the companion planting that might help with insect control, organically. It is quite a science and will need careful planning.
I think you just have to have the mind set that you win some and you lose some!!
Maybe I can get it right for my fall garden!!! I know it is hard to believe but we need to start thinking about our fall crop.
Dead Head your perennials and annual flowers now so you can get a great showing well into September in many areas. If your flowers are allowed to seed they will stop wanting to produce new flowers. Zinnias especially will produce more and more flowers if you cut them. Why not bring a few inside your home, in a few days you will have more to enjoy.
If your plants are getting too leggy, many will not mind being cut back, watered and fertilized for a fresh start.