Kudos to you for your IPM approach.It’s curious how physical incapacity can push a person into considering undesirable options.
InTheShed made me think twice (thank you) when he posted his pertinent question about is it safer to use Pyrethrum or microwave your food in plastic . I was at a pretty desperate state to even consider the pyrethrum, and I was forgetting about bees of course (it is very harmful to bees, so if you use it you have to be super careful about when, and even then...).
I also looked further into it and intersteingly some of the concerns about pyrethrins are becasue of a hormone disruptor effect, not unlike the problems with plastics - which are massively escalated when there is heat in the picture. These are the types of things that can contribute to systemic problems which develop over time, so even if I don’t see any immediate bad effects, I’ll keep them out of my zone as much as possible (i’m not completely neurotic about it tho )
We keep our Eden organic - and organic things can be toxic too, so it’s always good to investigate.
What’s not toxic though, is manual pest management. Sure, it is time consuming and physically taxing, but when you can it’s a really important part of IPM. We havent been able to keep at it much this summer because of numerous circumstances, and drought conditions don’t help.
Yestderday I rallied some collected strength and stamina and over a couple of hours I caressed every individual leaf on the White Widow, gently squishing mites by hand. It wasn’t overrun, but there were small amounts everywhere.
There are numerous minuscule jumping spiders all over it, plus the spiders we saw during pruning, so between me and them we have things fairly contained and nicely reduced in prep for the Green Cleaner, which will arrive today I hope.
Later today I will do the same “caress” to every leaf on the raised bed plants. I go branch by branch working my way up and aiming to inspect every single leaf.
Thanks halped! I appreciate the encouragementBest to you & your grow efforts!
Most happy if you do, dynamo my friend ...Mind if I procrastinate over here? I've got a bong and I 'm not afraid to use it - Hiding out, burnt out from doing.
Bonging one then the other, the Critical Northern was very amber and I was going for a sleep med and ran it a long time. I'm still looking for "the" one. but It still gets me high. Water system is fixed.That sounds nice
Are you blending in the pipe? ... or blending in the brain and body ?
Critical northern lights has potential to be very nice indeed...