Not all our veggies look like this. In fact, only a few do. But it’s worrisome enough that something needs doing here. Our pest management program needs revamping.
But, it takes awhile, doesn’t it, to make changes in routines. You would think by this time, MM and I would have acknowledged the “rightness” of using biologicals for our insect and fungus control products in the garden. But we’re slow to adapt, or maybe more to the point, we’re slow to trust.
We’ve always used the old standards—Captan, Sevin Imadan, sprays and dust, etc. But the choices are narrowing and the “poison” aspect has disturbed our sensibilities for quite some time. Nonetheless, change is always challenging. And the term “organic” has become “blurred” to where it feels like a “selling feature” more than a reality…does that make sense?
The term “organic” has seemed to me to have more to do with selling and advertising than safety. As a result, I mostly have steered clear of the term “organic” feeling slightly “used” if I were to cave in to purchasing something with the organic label, as I did yesterday when buying a bag of fresh carrots at the grocery store. Labeled “organic” I know I am supposed to feel that I have done my earthly duty by buying “organic” and that I am much better off healthwise, …but I don’t. I feel I’ve been hoodwinked. It’s a ploy to make me feel better…whatever that is…!
And so it has been with the biological products for pest management. I’ve resisted, feeling I was being duped. But, I’ve come to believe otherwise. And…the “older” products we depended upon, one by one, have dropped by the wayside and gradually, pest management is being done via newer means that works WITH the environment. And that’s good. So, it’s time. My mother with her Parkinson’s disease was told that her relentless dusting of her roses—using high-powered poisons without wearing a mask-- may have caused it. So, I’ve been wary of all manner of poisons for garden use.
Thanks to Vicki Vicki Lane Mysteries and Barbara Folkways Notebook, and Ruta Ruta's Ramblings I’ve spent the morning exploring and shaping the purchase of our first “wave” of “natural” pest eradicators for use in our garden out here JOTOLR I am more than pleased to make this transition, never having been a great fan of the “old” types of insect killers. My list includes the following:
Essential Minor Elements—includes magnesium, manganese, iron, sulfur, copper, zinc, boron…in a granular forumulation (we need trace minerals in the garden)
Liquid Copper Fungicide – (specifically for tomatoes)
Thuricide Bt Caterpillar Control (for cabbage loopers, and corn borers)
Neem Oil – Fungicide/Insecticide/Miticide (for everything)
Please let me know what you think. Have I missed anything? I know some of you use Safer’s Insecticidal Soap, but I traded the Neem Oil for that. Opinions welcome…..!
Finally, this was a delightful surprise. I thought I'd lost my Japanese Iris! But thankfully, no! It survived!