Row by Row Episode 251: Controlling Spring Garden Pests
It's NEVER fun when those pests attack the garden! We're talking all about controlling spring garden pests, the larger organisms like insects and mites (although some of these aren't very big at all) and pathogens, like the disease causing microorganisms like fungi, bacteria, and viruses in a two part series. The MOST important thing to remember is prevention, prevention is key! Join us and let's grow together!
Controlling Spring Garden Pests: Brassicas
Controlling spring garden pests in brassicas is crucial for maintaining the health and productivity of your plants. Start by implementing preventive measures such as crop rotation and companion planting to deter pests. Regularly inspect your brassicas for signs of infestation, such as chewed leaves or egg clusters, and promptly remove any affected plants or pests. Utilize pest control methods such as neem oil or insecticidal soaps to target specific pests while minimizing harm to beneficial insects. By staying vigilant and taking proactive steps, you can effectively manage pests in your spring garden and protect your brassicas.
Garden Insect Spray– Thrips, Horn Worms, Cabbage Looper
Horticulture Oil– Aphids, Flea Beetle, Whiteflies
Bug Buster-O– Aphids, Flea Beetle, Whiteflies
Monterey BT– Hornworms, Cabbage Looper
Take Down Garden Spray– Aphids, Horn Worms, Flea Beetle, Whiteflies
Diatomaceous Earth– Cutworms
Neem Oil– Whiteflies, Aphids
Bug buster II– Aphids, Horn Worms, Flea Beetle, Whiteflies, Cabbage Looper
Controlling Spring Garden Pests: Summer Squash
One effective method is to regularly monitor your plants for signs of pest infestation, such as chewed leaves or wilting. Handpick any visible pests, such as squash bugs or cucumber beetles, and promptly remove them from your garden. Applying insecticides can help control pests while minimizing harm to beneficial insects.
Garden Insect Spray – Thrips, Pickleworms, leaf miners, Armyworms, mealy bugs
Horticultural Oil – Aphids, Squash bugs (Nymphs), Flea Beetle, Whiteflies, Spider Mites, Beetle larvae, leaf miners
Bug Buster-O – Aphids, Flea Beetle, Whiteflies, Cucumber beetles, Thrips, Mites, Armyworms
Monterey BT – Armyworms, pickleworms
Take Down Garden Spray – Aphids, Army Worms, Flea Beetle, Whiteflies, Mites, Squash bugs(Nymphs)Vine borer ( Nymphs)
Diatomaceous Earth – Cutworms
Bug buster ll – Aphids, , Squash Bugs, Flea Beetle, Whiteflies, Spider Mites, Thrips, leaf Miner, Vine borer, Cucumber beetle, Armyworm
Controlling Spring Garden Pests: Sweet Potatoes
Some of the worst pests that can take over your sweet potato plants are flea beetles, Colorado potato beetles, Leaf Hoppers, and/or potato tuber moths. Here are organic and non-organic controls.
Garden Insect Spray – Thrips, Hornworm, Armyworms
Horticulture Oil– Aphids, Stinkbugs, Flea Beetle, Whiteflies, Spider Mites
Bug Buster-O – Aphids, Flea Beetle, Whiteflies
Take Down Garden Spray – Aphids, Flea Beetle, Whiteflies
Diatomaceous Earth – Cutworms
Bug buster ll – Aphids, Wireworms, Stinkbugs, Flea Beetle, Whiteflies, Grubs, Thrips, Armyworms