This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

lacy bean leaves

bean beetle damage 101

A bad year for beans. Rampant Mexican bean beetles. I left 2 full beds of my plot for beans this year, but am pulling faster than I plant. Time to give up. I pulled the last of my snap beans today. The photo is my shell beans. I'm tired of spraying and squishing the beetles, so these will probably be pulled soon. :(

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Blogger Thomas said...

Kathy, I feel your pain! I've had a horrible year for beans too, which is a shame since it's been so warm and sunny. I'm sure my edamame would have done great too if it had not been for the chipmunks and field mice. Next year, they will be grown under bird netting (if that even helps).

September 06, 2010 12:15 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What worked for us in Maryland is planting a later crop. The earlier one was destroyed completely. Once it was a lost cause, we let it go got rid of all the leaves and debris, waited a few weeks and planted again, so far so good. Next year I'm buying predatory insects and nematodes.
This is from UMass: http://www.umassvegetable.org/soil_crop_pest_mgt/insect_mgt/bean_mexican_beetle.html.
Anna in MD

September 07, 2010 8:44 AM

 
Blogger Toni-Shaklee Distributor said...

Me too! My Royal Burgundy beans were enjoyed by the grasshoppers! They totally defoliated them so that all you could see where stems and branches.

I ripped them out the other day...

September 14, 2010 4:11 PM

 

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