Bugs are back

Wed. Jun. 8, 2016

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The first full week of June!   The warm weather means that most of us have all our veggies in the ground but you can still plant a couple more rows of green beans or beets or carrots!  Successive plantings are great for keeping the produce coming into Fall.

Of course with gardening season comes bug season.  We’re seeing webs of Eastern Tent Caterpillars spotted in trees, some folks reporting cabbage worm, cutworms and there’s always aphids.

Black aphids
Black aphids
Cabbage worm larva
Cabbage worm larva
Eastern Tent Caterpillar
Eastern Tent Caterpillar

With those caterpillars, you can get to them in the morning when they’re all still in their tent, knock it off with a gloved hand and then crush them.  If that’s not to your taste, you can use a product that has bacillus thuringensis or Bt in it.  [I’ll have more on Bt tomorrow]

In late morning, the larvae come outside their tent to sit in the sun, that’s a good time to use the third method of control – a chemical spray, although personally, I would choose one of the other methods.  The fall webworm which looks similar is active from July to September.  Always follow label directions and make sure that the insect you’re trying to get rid of is listed on the insecticide.

BtBT will also help with control of cabbage worms.  Row covers will prevent the adults moths from laying eggs.  It’s the green larvae that munch on your produce.   Aphids love nearly everything.  A good hard spray with a hose usually gets ‘em.  I use a few drops of dish soap in a spray bottle of water and give a shot.

Cutworm cut that tomato clean off…..

Tom cutworm - sungold

Sure the problem BEFORE it’s an issue!  The above tomato plant will survive as it’s planted quite deep and will grow but I should’ve placed the protection immediately!

Cutworm

Cutworm

any container you can cut will work.

any container you can cut will work.

Cutworms travel on the surface.  Sinking the containers into the soil about an inch will make all the difference.  In the Fall, clean up the area well.  NOTE:  This year I removed the horse manure/rock crap I got from someone who shall remain anonymous, and put in a soil mix from a local nursery!!

 

What’s BUGGING YOU?  I’d really love to know what’s going on in YOUR garden.  Send me comments, questions, suggestions, pictures!  teri@gardenbite.com or find my facebook page.

 

 

 

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