Saturday, September 4, 2010
Bugs that stink
Visit the Grow It Eat It main website for a synopsis of pest and disease problems affecting the food garden this summer, including lots of information on stink bugs. Also check out the Current Plant and Pest Problems page for details on other common food garden pests. I think I've had them all this year!
Pests and diseases can be disheartening and make you want to give up on food growing, especially when you lose an entire crop. But I've found that the more you know about a pest or disease, the more you end up searching for solutions instead of throwing in the trowel. When a pest like the brown marmorated stink bug starts devastating farms and gardens, a lot of attention in the agricultural and scientific communities goes toward combating it, including with organic methods. Let's hope that in a few years we'll know the best ways to fight these pests and won't have to watch them having parties on our food!