How to deal with spider mite infestation at the end of the season.
posted 3 years ago
Hi. I have had my share of challenges this season. If it wasn't the birds or squirrels, it was aphids, ants, or at the last spider mites. I did not figure out they were spider mites until my bush beans were decimated. Really - a bush bean failure. So now it is time to cut them down along with the white clover living mulch. Can I leave the cuttings in place to decompose or do I "clean up and sanitize" like the other garden guides say to do. I could turn it all under since it is more a regular vegetable garden than a permaculture area. I just do not know what the life cycle is of the spider mites. I could put the cuttings in my compost barrel too.
Also I now think I recognize that they have been on other plants in prior years and are probably on my grape vine and morning glory now.
I am just hoping that all these setbacks will make me sooooo smart. I plan to interplant and use better and more compost from now on.