Yellow jackets in garden

MAKgardenOctober 29, 2012

I tried to harvest my sweet potatoes this morning and suddenly the area was swarming with yellow jackets. If I can locate the entrance to the nest and treat the area with pyrethrin spray, how much of the sweet potato crop would be affected? (The bed is 4' x 8'.) When would it be safe to plant again in this soil?

MAK

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neptune24

Well, just tell the yellow jackets to GO BACK TO GEORGIA TECH where they belong!!!!! ;)

Seriously, I don't know the answer to your question--I just planted sweet potatoes for the very first time this year. Should we be harvesting about them now? I don't think it will get cold enough tomorrow night to kill them, but you never know.

I hope you don't get stung. :)

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 2:36AM
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neptune24

Incidentally, to harvest the sweet potatoes, do we just dig around the plants gently? And then we're supposed to let them dry out in the sun for a few days or something? My soil is a bit poor, so I hope I don't dig them up only to find nothing's there. ;)

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 2:50AM
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frankielynnsie

We have had a bad year for yellow jacket nests. After trying several treatments and not being successful, a long time gardener said to use seven dust. I have treated 7 holes so far and they haven't come back.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 10:53PM
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