Asparagus beetles

These nasty little bugs will strip an asparagus fern while you’re napping. My solution, which was popular once and still works, is to gather as many of those babies as you can, drop them in a blender with enough water (and a little dish soap), that you can churn them up and spray the resulting mix through a hand sprayer. Spray this on the ferns. Asparagus beetles, and other bugs, hate a dinner table covered with little bits and juices of their dead relatives.

One bit of advice: Do not use your wife’s blender. Pick one up at a yard sale. Otherwise, she will see what you’re doing, ask you how you made the mix, and then there’s no place to hide. Don’t be stupid, people. Trust me on this.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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