If you need a good reason why harsh pesticides have no place in a garden, here’s one – a bumble bee happily working away on a cosmos blossom.
We purchased some organic supplements and I did break down and buy an organic spray to help with the aphids and flea beetles, but we don’t buy any of the harsh broad-spectrum chemicals that hurt the “good” bugs along with the bad. I inspect the undersides of leaves and knock bad bugs into soapy water. The temptation will be great when the cucumber beetles, Japanese beetles, Mexican bean beetles, and tomato hornworms make their way into the garden, but we’ll work our way through it.
How do you handle pests in your garden?*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**