|Assorted Veggies going to the restaurant this morning. 23 June 2020|
|One of the views across the Sand’s Farm|
|Our first red Radish|
|Pests hand-picked off the greens.. chicken food|
We have found the biggest ‘current’ pest issue is caused by Grasshoppers and Caterpillars which have recently been laid as eggs of the salads and spinaches by their ‘sun-loving’ parents. The two varieties we are finding the most have a habit of eating what they can of the fresh growing leaves before moving down the stem in the day time, hiding among the base of the leaf stems, destroying any chance of fresh leaves. One little Caterpillar can make one salad no longer produce new leaves.
|This growth point is decimated|
So what are we doing to try to stop them? Well we have been spraying on the natural Neem tree based ‘deterrent’ that we have been using to ‘deter’ the pests. It is hard to have an exact measure of the success of this deterrent but as the years go on we have added to it to try to improve the success.
How we make our pest deterrent- take a bunch of fresh Neem tree shoots which coppice off cut stumps, these are ground up with water to make a bitter liquid once the Neem leaves are sieved out.. to help the deterrent ‘bind’ to the leaf (last a little longer) add a ‘little’ soap. Recently we have started to add some Marigold to the Neem mix also.
|Hand removal is labor intensive but over the last three days we have
managed to get a bit of control over the starving, vegetaran zombie