Colorado Potato Beetles – these just seem to be a part of growing potatoes anymore. There isn’t much effective pesticide-wise (and nothing that I really want to use on my veggies anyway). I find the best is just to knock them into a bucket of water, every couple of days. Provided they don’t denude your spuds of leaves entirely, if you keep them somewhat under control, you will still get a decent crop of tubers.
|Potato beetle larvae|
|Not sure what insects were at work here, but they were thorough|
Cucumber beetles are another pesky little brute that seems to be everywhere in Ontario now. The biggest issue is to protect young curcubit plants until they are running well. Then they seem to be able to fend for themselves, but if the beetles strike in the early two or three leaf stage, they will destroy your tender little plants.
|Iris Borer and Damage|
I have grown gladioli for many years. I keep my corms over from year to year, because at one point I imported a lot of new varieties from a breeder in Russia. Unfortunately in keeping the corms over I am also playing host to thrip eggs. Thrips are tiny little flies that suck the juices from the developing gladiolus plant. Minor damage will just have tiny white streaks along the edges of the flowers. Major damage (as below) means completely deformed flowers, and rusty looking leaves. In the past I have used Diazonone on glads, but this year they are incorporated into my vegetable garden, so I don't want an insecticide there.
Japanese beetles are a relatively new scourge in the garden. They are pretty little bronzy metallic bugs that chew up a lot of garden foliage, and multiply with great fortitude. In my garden they enjoy canna lily leaves, my plum trees and my beans -- thus far. There are pheromone traps available, so that may be an investment I need to look at next year.
|This is the first year they have tackled my bean plants.|
And that is about all I have to say for today.
Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.