Saturday, June 19, 2010

War in the Garden

That's it!! I declare war in my garden!!
While I was out of town for four days, count them FOUR days, the garden was decimated by cucumber beetles. I returned home and toured the garden - I am heartsick.
How quickly these *%$!@*& ravenous bugs can wipe out a garden!

This is not the first time that I have to do battle with these pests. I tried to be proactive this year and sprayed with a "green" pesticide spray when the little seedlings emerged. I thought I was safe - HA!!
The cucumber beetle LOVES to eat cucurbits. They are difficult to battle as they winter over in the soil. Previously I purchased beneficial nematodes and released them in the garden in my quest to be green. The nematodes supposedly eat the cucumber beetles.
Results from the nematodes - not so good!!! The cucumber beetles laugh at the nematodes.
One year I tried making traps by painting a few boards yellow and applying a sticky substance. The bugs are supposed to be attracted to the yellow and get stuck in the tanglefoot. HA!! I got a just a few in the trap and the rest merrily chomped away on my veggies.

So after much insistence by my fellow gardener, Steve, out comes the sprayer and the big guns. :(

Well, the hope is to get this under control before the plants die, if they are not dead already, or before they bloom. Can't spray when the bees are present. What a conundrum!!

I am sick about it. I WANT to be an organic gardener. What if I was a pioneer, without the local grocery down the street, and I had to depend on what I grew? Could I afford the risk of loosing my whole crop? I am not crazy about wasting all of my time preparing the ground, planting and weeding just to be foiled by the bugs.

What do you do when the bugs are winning???



See the dead little $%#*&@# cucumber beetles on the leaf

Butternut Squash




Looking healthy from a distance

Upon closer inspection you can the the beginnings of Stewart's Bacterial Wilt

See the curled and brown leaf? It's starting.

On a brighter note...happy radishes for breakfast

My Hydrangeas - love all the colors!!

Doesn't that just make you smile?
I need something to make me smile after the morning tour of the garden.


  1. Being a great lover of garden art, I enjoyed going through your blog. keep on posting.

  2. rotten beetles! i've never had them and guess i must be just lucky so far. i'm so sorry that they ate so much of your lovely garden.
    your hydrangeas are very gorgeous! we are getting zukes and crooknecks so far, and lettuce.

  3. Thanks guys for your comments and support. Love that gardening brings us together. :)


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