Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I don't apply any kind of -cides, poisons, nor protective chemicals to my market garden. I am a sustenance farmer, and can't afford the inputs, nor the labor to apply them. Besides, my gardening style is all about disintermediation: Not depending on a middleman (manufacturer, trucker, store) for the health of my crops.
My strategy is to grow varieties that are resistant, or immune to my local pests and diseases. In some cases, I had to develop my own varieties of plants and even pests.
In some cases I had to develop a clientele that views bugs or bug bites as a badge of honor
That worm never bothers the smooth leaved spinach.
If I poison the aphids, I am also poisoning ...
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
1.) I can only apply sprays to my garden if I have a sprayer. I can't manufacture my own sprayer so I choose to not apply sprays to my garden.
2.) I invite people that want a world-expanding experience to go out to the garden and start eating insects... I really like the formic acid flavor of ants.
3.)If I had problems with insects living in the curly leaves of kale, I'd grow a kale with non-curly leaves.
4.)Many years ago, I made a garlic and hot pepper spray, and applied it to my houseplants. I had to abandon the room for a few days because it was too toxic to be in. That was the last time I sprayed anything.
Ken W Wilson wrote:Last summer Japanese beetles moved into this area. Their worst damage was to what would have been a great crop of peaches on a mature tree. They actually left pits hanging on the tree. There was also a much larger beetle, bigger than a Junebug but not many. There were so many beetles that it was a little scary trying to save a few peaches. They didn’t bite, but I wasn’t sure that they couldn’t. If I shook the main branch, they’d all buzz me at once. Thousands.
I expect them to be worse next year. Does anyone have suggestions?