It had to happen. Summer is finally here, and it is getting seriously hot. In spite of the heat, June is a great time in the garden. We are seeing the rewards of our labors in the vegetable garden. Tomatoes, squash, beans and most other tasty things are ripening and providing wonderful tastes and textures for the table. It is also time for the pests to start arriving in the garden as the plants become stressed from the heat.
The best pest control plan is a stroll through the garden every morning while the temperature is cooler. Look closely at your plants to see if something is ripe and needs picking and to identify any pest problem. If you see bugs chewing on your plants, knock them off into a jar of soapy water or squash them. If you are squeamish, wear gloves to keep bug goo off your fingers. If you have a big invasion of caterpillars, find some Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) at a local nursery and sprinkle it on. This biological control won’t hurt anything but caterpillars, but it will hurt all caterpillars, so use it only on spots where they are a problem.
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