UC Master Gardener Michael Calzada outlined an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management. IPM works by reducing sources of food, water, and shelter for pests and only using least-toxic pesticides when necessary. Attendees had lots of questions about bugs and the causes of shriveled leaves and those with holes..
Michael explained the importance of attracting predator insects to our gardens in order to control some insects which feed upon our plants. We need to observe and take action as problems arise. Suggestions were given for some control methods, even just a spray of water. We visited a couple garden plots for examples.
Strategic choices can improve the health of our plants, making them less susceptible to disease. Organic methods were offered to successfully manage our vegetable garden.
Emerson Avenue Community Garden, 8050 Emerson Ave. (corner of 80th Pl.) Westchester 90045