Garden Problems

 I’ve identified a few problems in the garden during the last couple of days.

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Heavy rains knocked down my white hydrangeas, but my aqua mason jar was a quick fix, and now I’ve got a nice centerpiece on the kitchen counter.

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These beetles on the other hand… I’m not sure how to fix.  They’re attacking my zinnias.  Any suggestions?

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14 responses to “Garden Problems

  1. Yikes, I don’t know. So very sad. The flowers are gorgeous though!

  2. Jon

    strong pesticide.

  3. The beetles are Japanese Beetles. You can kill them with Sevin, but if you don’t like to do that, you can do what I do, which is go out periodically during the day and knock them off into a cup full of soapy water. You’ll never get them all; it may be an exercize in futility. They lay eggs in well watered turf, so don’t water your lawn, or you will have the grubs. Some people think the best defense is to use Grub-X in the fall. Ours have been knocked back this year by the severe winter we had. If the ground freezes down to 12 inches, the grubs cant survive.

  4. Rob

    I have never had the problem so I can’t swear by it- But a couple of squirts of dish soap to a sprayer bottle is supposed to give them a fatal case of diarrhea. Supposedly helps with aphids too

  5. Rob

    Use the soapy water. Just add acouple of squirts of dish soap to a watering can. It supposedly gives them diaherrea- a fatal case.

  6. Curse those Japanese beetles! I’m going to try using milk spore on my yard this year, but that won’t help the ones from the neighbor’s yard that come over.

  7. Vic's Chicks

    These are Japanese Beetles. You can get a product called Bag-A-Bug that will deal with your problem. It is a scent attracting bag that you hang near your plants. The beetles fall into the bag and can’t get out. This way you don’t have to spray any of your plants with chemicals.

  8. Abbie, I suppose you ought to listen to Jimmy, since he’s identified the pest, but I will say that I’ve found good success with organic pest products that I picked up at our local garden school (a very small business with knowledgeable gardeners).

    Now, the slugs and aphids are gone and my zinnia are doing really well; it took a couple of treatments but I didn’t mind as much since the “treatment” was safe for my daughter and the neighborhood kids to be around.

    Anyway, good luck!

  9. Thanks for the tips everyone! Believe it or not, I sprayed some soapy water and the numbers dropped significantly.

    Then I spoke to my grandmother and she said her beetles had dropped off, too, and she didn’t spray anything. So perhaps they’re just on their way out?

  10. Have done the hand-picking and the pheromone bug-bags. Important time = right after a wind storm when new arrivals are blown in. My daughters tried varnishing the dead ones and making necklaces. (The colors ARE pretty if you can get past them being devastating beetles.) None of these solutions met with complete success. I’ll have to try the soapy water system next time.

    On a different topic – do any of you know of any good heirloom varieties of cabbage that do well here in Connecticut? (I used to belong to a seed savers group up in Maine, but lost contact, and am not having much luck finding a similar group here.)

  11. *aja

    Oh those horrible beatles! I have them too. They are eating everything they can inmy garden, including my very old grape vine.

    I have started cutting them in half with scissors. I am a terrible person, I know. Suppose I will just try and give them diarhea instead.

    • Dr J

      Roses and grapes! Attract them better than the pheromones.

      Nothing terrible about you. Scissors work, as does putting a jar of alcohol underneath the flower or vine and touching them => they fall right in and get pickled. The problem with any contact methods (and others too probably) is that these Japanese beetles have a group behavior trait to deal with. When you get one with a scissors or fingers or whatever, a bunch of the rest nearby simply drop off the flower or stem to the ground for a while – then fly back up and continue where they left off before you attacked them. So when I try the soap spray I will be also spraying the ground around the flowers too.

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