I decided to be preemptive last night and sprayed all my veggies except the lettuce which doesn't have foliar insects as I remember it from last year. The cucurbits (tumbling veggies) all get squash vine borer so I sprayed all of them with acephate, a systemic insecticide. There are no fruit yet but I'm pumping these plants with chemicals BEFORE they get infected. My thought is that by the time the fruits develop the plant will have multiplied immensely and the chemical will have been diluted into insignificance.
My garden is a place of growing intrigue. My goal is to produce world class food on a daily basis, enough for me, my kid, and my friends. Last year my dog caught one of my neighbors stealing armloads of food from this oasis. I guess it can be seen as a backhanded compliment. If it happens this summer, there's gonna be TROUBLE!
David Benjamin- horticulture degree North Carolina State University graduated 1983, has worked at the nursery since 1976. Somewhat tired of eating grocery store food.