Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sevin Snow - How to Kill Those Garden Pests

I have a love/hate affair with just about every kind of spider you can imagine. I love what they do, but I hate their entire little creepy being with all the living breath I have in my body. Because the ONE time I need them to eat little bugs to save my plants... They frolic with me in my bed instead.


I nearly had a heart attack last night from a spider crawling across the sheets as I watched Pretty Little Liars (LOVE IT!). I immediately started screaming my head off and JR came to the rescue!


However, on the upside this set me to thinking, since the spiders aren’t doing their job in our garden. I have done their job for them. JR and I went to the Home Depot a few days ago looking for pest killer. We found the Sevin Dust (also comes in easy to use spray - if you have a water hose, which we dont).





There will be no mother effin’ bugs on my mother effin’ plants.


After talking to just about every person I knew who grows plants they basically said that I had bugs or a fungus, but after seeing the creepy little clear maggot you can see here...


The maggot is in the upper right hand corner on the edge of the buried Jiffy Cup


… I decided it was bugs. The organic insecticidal soap I had been using was not doing the job, so Sevin Dust it is.


I DOUSED my plants in the lethal snow.






And then the rain came and washed it off.


And then I came back with a vengeance taking the death blizzard to a whole new level. I dusted EVERYTHING. The plants, the soil, the boards of the porch. EVERYTHING.




Those bugs have met their last day on this planet.


They will die.


I shall kill them for what they did to my plants...


I shall kill them dead.  


I also had gotten some advice that was essentially, pluck the affected leaves off the plant, which I did to the new basil plant We’d gotten to replace the one that the roofers destroyed, but every time I plucked off a new leaf two more were showing signs of deterioration.





Needless to say, that plant saw it’s last day. I literally plucked a plant to death. Don’t be like me.. don’t be a plant plucker.


So for our summer dead plant list, we’re now up to two.


R.I.P.
Thai Basil
Dill


Thai Basil, You'll Always be Remembered 2013-2013


I actually think that this plant is the one that originated the bugs, because it had the highest level of contamination, so it’s only fitting that the afflicted should be sent on to a better place. A happier place, where spiders do their effin’ jobs!

Only downside now...


We have to wait 14 days to eat the herbs


LAME!

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