[Market-farming] Pesticide resistance
pat at meadows.pair.com
Wed Aug 27 13:14:23 EDT 2008
On Wed, 27 Aug 2008 09:52:39 -0400, you wrote:
> On Tue, 26 Aug 2008 22:44:19 -0500, Shawnee Flowerfarmer wrote:
>>> That said, I discovered this morning that my rutabagas are history...
>>> --So....what happened to the rutabagas? Come on...what's the rest of the
>Having had terrible problems with a striped cabbage caterpillar destroying my big fat rutabagas last year, this year I kept them under row cover from birth, and checked on them periodically until they were 6 inches tall or so, then ignored them until yesterday. They are infested with aphids, which have killed most of them and crippled the rest. I expect I excluded aphid predators...so much for the complex ecosystem! No great loss, since these are only in the kitchen garden, and I am not a huge rutabaga fan, but it does seem terribly unfair nonetheless.
It does seem unfair!
I wonder if sprinkling rotenone dust or diatomaceous earth around the
plants before covering them with the row cover would prevent this from
happening in the future? I think it probably would.
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