We haven't gotten any rain yet, but it looks like it will finally come next week. Let's all keep our fingers crossed!
While we've been enjoying the warm weather, it also brings the bugs. Typically, we have a few more weeks before we start seeing them, but this year they're already popping up. On an organic farm using natural and sustainable methods, like ours, you will never get rid of the pests. It's about being patient and keeping them under control. We do this with fighting them with beneficial bugs. The beneficials will come in and attack the pests keeping their numbers down. We have used lady bugs and preying mantis in the past and will be adding nematodes and lacewings to further combat them. At our farm, our biggest concerns are aphids, flea beetles and cucumber beetles. But who knows what this year will bring with the unusual weather we've been experiencing.
Beneficial bugs are vital to any organic farm. They pollinate crops and eat the pest to the extent that we don't use pesticides. Since we won't be able to kill off every single one, you'll find that our produce may have a few holes, but it's a tradeoff we're willing to have and our customers appreciate. Using natural and organic remedies is part of our sustainability goal.