Organic Gardening versus BUGS! - Knowledgebase Question

Trussville, Al
Question by chawkswrth
August 21, 2009
I am trying to grow an Organic Vegetable garden, with tomatos, squash, bell peppers, eggplant, okra, sunflowers, and birdhouse gourds.
Everything is growing nicely, but the fruit is having problems. I am getting some kind of porer worm in the my beautiful yellow squash. I have both straight and crookneck varieties. Help!
I have also noticed that there are worms attacking the tomatos. Help!

Answer from NGA
August 21, 2009


Bugs don't really care if your garden is organic or not! Wish they had a little more respect, don't you? You can handpick the worms on your tomato plants or use a botanical called Bt which is sold as Dipel or Thuricide. It is a bacterium that acts as a stomach poison, targeting only caterpillars. It sounds as though you have a population of squash vine borers bothering your squash. Rotenone or sabadilla dust are organic pesticides an should help control them. Hope you have a great harvest.

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