Pests and Diseases forum: Best Organic Pesticide?

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Name: Brandi
Laporte, MN (Zone 3b)
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bpsgarden
Feb 21, 2015 8:04 PM CST
Anyone have recommendations on the best organic pesticide for things like cabbage etc?
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dormantsrule
Feb 23, 2015 2:11 PM CST
Brandi - I use this one.

http://www.amazon.com/Safer-Brand-5118-Insect-Killing/dp/B00...
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Name: Brandi
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bpsgarden
Feb 25, 2015 7:53 AM CST
Thank you so much! I was actually looking at that brand but a different type. http://www.saferbrand.com/store/outdoor-insect/5162?reviews#... I have never grown things that HAD to have some kind of pesticide on them before but we wanted to make a big batch of sauerkraut. Thank you so much for your help! I just didnt have a clue what was good and what wasn't.
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dormantsrule
Feb 25, 2015 9:08 AM CST
The SB dust looks like it is more suited for your purpose.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Feb 25, 2015 9:38 AM CST
Depends what pests you are dealing with, or expect to be dealing with. Are you having problems with something specific?
Name: Brandi
Laporte, MN (Zone 3b)
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bpsgarden
Feb 25, 2015 2:02 PM CST
I dont know sooby. Cabbage. Whatever bugs eat cabbage lol. I have never grown them before but my mom has and says I have to have bug stuff for them. I havent ever used any before because I like to stay completely organic.
Thank you again dormantsrule!
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."  ~C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters", 1943
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Feb 25, 2015 2:59 PM CST
Unfortunately the pests that can attack cabbage won't all be controlled by a single pesticide. Cabbage can be attacked by root maggots in the soil, and leaves may be eaten by caterpillars, flea beetles, aphids to name a few. The dust you mentioned contains a bacterium (Btk) that only works for caterpillars of moths and butterflies. The soap product needs to get a direct hit on a visible insect and works best on soft-bodied critters, so isn't so good for flea beetles and root maggots in the soil, and anything that gets between the leaves. Not every pest that goes for cabbage is necessarily going to find yours. For most of them I would wait and see and then identify the culprit. If it's the first time you've grown cabbage you might not have a problem unless you already grow other crucifers or you neighbors do. Otherwise you need to look for the best control for each individual cabbage pest that occurs in your area.

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