Experimenting with Trap Crops
I'm going to experiment with trap crops this spring/summer in the vegetable garden. Have any of you tried it? How did it work for you?
The basic idea is to plant things highly attractive to bad bugs to draw them away from the veggies.. For example, stink bugs love sunflowers and sorghum, and will choose them over tomatoes.
I became interested in this because I noticed that bugs/worms left my kale and collards in relative peace when I also planted turnip greens and mustard, which they seem to prefer.
I'm also considering planting some dill with the tomatoes to draw away the hornworms. I may even plant a yellow summer squash, which is highly attractive to pickle worms, between a trombocini and cukes--but this is more iffy.
What do you think?
Trap crops for stink bugs are showing some promise in UF experiments. See link below.
Here is a link that might be useful: trap crop experiments