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Organic Solution to Stink Bugs

Posted by alanleveritt 7 (My Page) on
Tue, May 29, 12 at 17:41

The last couple of years I have been running a stink bug farm rather than a market garden. I do not want to use chemical pesticide but I had resolved to go to the dark side this year if I could not come up with an organic solution to stink bugs on our tomatoes. I planted 700 heirlooms the week of March 25 and two weeks later began spraying with kaolin clay that I got from Johnny's Seeds. The brand name is Surround. It had received good reviews from several members of this forum last year. I have repeated the spray after rains though they have been few. This weekend I re-tied all 700 plants and saw one stinkbug. In seasons past when I would handle the plants that much, I would find a lot of stink bugs. I found a few corn borer worms and that was it. The tomatoes are large and I am starting to get ripe defective fruit which means I am a week out from getting good fruit. I did however pick several perfect German Giants that were half ripe. Anyway, maybe something else is at work here, I know insects go in cycles sometimes. And maybe its early and a bus load of them will arrive this week. Due to the warm spring, I planted about three weeks before I usually do. But right now, the only thing I am doing differently is Kaolin clay. My field looks like I have 700 white flocked smallish Christmas trees. And no stink bugs.

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RE: Organic Solution to Stink Bugs

Im just replying so you dont think we're ignoring your post... once you said that you planted 700 plants, which is almost 680 more than what I planted... damn :D

Much respect :-)

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