[Market-farming] Safer Insecticidal Soap vs Harlequin Bugs

Tradingpost tradingpost at lobo.net
Wed Sep 13 22:23:22 EDT 2006


Unfortunately (?) I haven't had anything recently except a statewide (NM)
infestation of Mexican bean beetles, on brassicas - which failed to destroy
our brassicas. I suspect our brassica problem was more in the soil itself
which was simply too sandy to amend with composted manure and alfalfa meal.
 Interesting about the "top university recommendations". Allan, what's your
view on the relationship between soil healthy and pests?


paul tradingpost at lobo.net
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On 9/13/2006 at 9:33 PM Allan Balliett wrote:

>>There's good information on using intercropping for pest control in
>general
>>at
>>http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/PDF/intercrop.pdf
>>Certain practices are more practical than worrying about every specific
>>pest.
>
>Paul - Have you ever had any experience with Harlequins. Let me tell 
>you this: top university recommended trap crop is MUSTARD. Guess 
>where I've got harlequins this year? Well, if you guessed cabbage, 
>broccoli, beets and rhubarb, you're correct. If you included MUSTARD, 
>you're wrong, because there just aren't any harlequins in the mustard 
>(but they are in the tatsoi in the next bed). My point is: these guys 
>prefer brassicas, but they will eat (and kill) most anything. I did 
>notice during this evening's squishing, though, that the bugs on the 
>beets are not nearly as FAT as the bugs in the turnip tops.
>
>Having had just about everything destroyed, I'm more than happy to 
>listen to your experience.
>
>Thanks
>
>Allan
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