Are Caterpillars destroying your Organic Garden?
3 Preventative Things To Never Have a Caterpillar in Your Garden Again!
From the desk of Mark W. Boutwell II – Grow Coach
Green Joint Ventures
Learning how to live in harmony with plant pest like a “Caterpillars” for me, is very important.
Especially after learning as a child the full cycle of the caterpillars and butterfly; I knew that I had to figure out a method to live with the Caterpillars worst half so I could appreciate the better half.
This method of dealing with your Caterpillars isn’t just the most effective way; it is the most sustainable way.
The first time I faced caterpillars was in my greenhouse garden. At first it stumped me.
I couldn’t figure out why my plant seemed to be getting little holes.
I would take a look all around and see no Pest. I would come back a day later to check up on my plants and again more holes.
I would look around and see nothing. A week later and a half a plant gone, I saw a couple amazing looking caterpillars eating away at my plants.
The caterpillars were lucky that day because my father stopped me right when I was about to kill those Garden Pests!
Why Not Right? He is eating your plants!
Very quickly my father reminded me of the full cycle of the caterpillars and a butterfly. So I need it to find a method of taking care of the problem without destroying the bug.
So how do I enjoy the butterfly without killing the caterpillars?
1st. Step – we need to explain a few things:
- Notice what strains/types of plants the caterpillars enjoying eating
- How to warn Butterflies not to lay their Lava(Eggs) on your plants
By understanding these 2 things you will be able to understand what you are doing and why. Did you know that Caterpillars have a close relationship to the type of plants they feed on?
This is important because caterpillars that are native to the local area have a very picky diet. If they don’t find the food they like, they will move on to another bush.
The 1st step is to take notice of what strain/type of plant the caterpillars are eating. You may be able to change that one plant the following year and never see another caterpillar in your garden again.
The benefits to this solution:
- Changing your strain/type of plant might convince the caterpillars to move on to someone else besides your garden
Follow these steps for maximum results with plant selecting:
- Write down in an excel sheet or note pad what plants is being eaten
- Research another strain/type of plant and replant when you can
2nd Step - go buy the plastic ties you normally use to twist and close a bag of bread
The benefits to this solution:
- The butterflies that are flying around will think that another butterfly is already on the plant
- The Butterflies will mostly likely fly to another plant
- The larva will never be laid on your plants
3rd Step – Use our go-to product called, Aza-Max which as I mentioned has been tried and tested many times over.
We use it because we enjoy year round success without the issue of bugs.
To put it simply, anything that is eating, sucking, and turning your leaves into weird colors will get eradicated by Aza-Max.
Here are some benefits of using Aza-Max:
- Aza-Max it’s an OMRI (certified) organic pesticide that is considered food-grade safe, which basically means it’s safe to use on plants which we put into our bodies.
- Aza-Max Will Kill Spider Mites as well as a tons of bugs, such as, aphids, thrips, slugs, caterpillars, and whiteflies.
- Growers enjoy knowing they don’t have to put on a gas mask and protective clothing while spraying.
- The grower loves the FACT that they can spray their plants and pick fruits that same day without worrying if it is safe to eat because of the spray they did earlier.
- This pesticide is a water base pesticide that works as a systemic.
- The plants will absorb it and it will continue to work as the bugs make an effort to eat your crop.
Follow these Steps for Maximum Results with Aza-Max:
- We recommend the use of Aza-Max on a regular basis. Starting Every 5 days or (twice per week if you already have bugs).
- Start at a rate of 10-20mls/gal for the first spray and reducing it to 5mls/gal thereafter. Reducing it will allow you to save money.
- Depending on the infestation it may be necessary to mix the Maximum of 15mls/ gal. It won’t hurt the plant.
- It’s important to know that when you mix Aza-Max into water the solution is ONLY good for 24 hours, so be sure to use every last drop!
- Aza-Max is recommended all the way up into the 4th week into flowering unless you have a 6-7 week flower strain then it can be used till the 3rd week.
- You may use it all the way up tell finishing only of you use a Beneficial Fungus with your spray. We recommend Bush Doctor for its quality and ease
We hope this article gives you a solid game-plan to eliminate your pest woes.
Remember, our sole purpose is to help you grow!
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Call us @ (855) 420-HYDRO or (855) 420-4937 and stop indoor garden pests from ruining your harvest!
Have a Great Grow!
Mark W. Boutwell II – Grow Coach
Green Joint Ventures
61 Tarp Circle
Salinas, CA 93901