May 27, 2013 by Buffy
I have been babying my potatoes since February. They are mounded and growing strong, at least they were last week.
Then Farmer Rick and I noticed these cool new ladybugs around the garden.
I should mention it has been a very busy rodeo and horse show weekend. So JQ and I have been gone most of the weekend. Of course no need to worry about my beautiful garden because Farmer Rick has spent a couple of hours each day working in the garden. Imagine my surprise when I go out to the garden today and find my potatoes covered with strange bugs. Half of the foliage on my potatoes had been stripped.
I have spent the afternoon reading about the dreaded Colorado potato beetle! I don’t live in Colorado! Why me? I’m not very encouraged by anything I read. I did find two organic garden friendly solutions I could try today:
1. Apply corn meal to the plants. Supposedly, the bugs eat it, then drink and pop?.?.? Sounds a little iffy, but remember I am desperate!
2. Hand pick the bugs off the plants and drown them in soapy water!
Yes, after reading and worrying for a couple of hours I decided corn meal was not going to solve this. So I convinced Farmer Rick to spend his holiday helping me pick hundreds of bugs off of the potato plants. Of course it was the least he could do since they infested on his watch.
Blog friends I need your help. How do I get rid of these pests? I fear they will invade the rest of the garden. Any suggestions?