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 and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

garden bugs!

grasshopper on basil 9060 hummingbird moth on silane black bee on thyme bee on thyme orange wasp bee on chicory bumble bee on thyme small bee on dill

All of these are beneficial bugs. Great pollinators. Ooops, wait a minute. I just looked up that pretty grasshopper. I read that grasshoppers are terribly destructive pests in vegetable gardens. He's on my basil. Maybe THAT'S who's been eating my basil. I've added slug pellets and they are not slowing the damage. I am reading there's not much you can do about grasshoppers as they are so mobile. BIRDS! come here, birds...

PS. BugGuide says the pretty grasshopper is a Scudderia. They are herbivores, but don't usually eat too much. Sounds like I shouldn't blame him.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy,

I was so tired of cut worms destroying my squash plants that I found Tangle Trap Sticky Coating. It's a spray can. You spray it on anything bright yellow and it attracts alot of pests. I found that not only cut worm insects but everything else as well. I do not see any problem with it attracting bees. This is the first year in many years I do not have cut worms. You can buy the pre-coated "cards" but the spray is cheaper. Just spray it on yellow plastic cups or card stock, stick it on posts throughout the garden and voila! I have not tried it on my purple basil which has been eaten by something so for that I can't say it works. I suspect they are being eaten by slugs so I use sluggo.

July 27, 2014 9:07 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People need to stop putting pesticides on their lawns. It is killing off the bees who pollinate our fruit and vegetables.

July 28, 2014 5:38 AM

 
Blogger biobabbler said...

That really is a gorgeous little bug (the Scudderia)--looks like a nymph. I get SO much entertainment value out of the bugs in my garden, I'd probably garden & have pollinator-friendly plants even if I didn't think the plants were cool. Happily, I love them all. =) Loves shots!

July 28, 2014 10:25 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found a snail on one of my kale plants in the Belmont plot - that was a first for me!

MV

July 28, 2014 10:29 AM

 
OpenID nativebeeranching.com said...

A handsome grasshopper indeed. I have seen lots of small grasshoppers this year, but no big ones yet. Thanks, birds!

July 28, 2014 12:17 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Awesome, I will look into Tangle Trap Sticky Coating!

July 30, 2014 9:23 PM

 

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