We stopped by at Cindy and Larry's today. It's been a little while since we've seen them, before their trip back to the U.S. last month. We went over to pick up some Diatomite (an organic insecticides in a powder form). The microscopically fine, sharp edges desiccate the insects' skeleton upon contact and the pests dehydrate and die within hours. The insects also die when they eat the dust. It will not hurt earthworms or beneficial soil microorganisms. Diatomite is one of the few natural pesticides in the world classified as non-toxic. Worth a try! Larry and Cindy, and our other friends, Roger and Annika, swear by it. Larry was buying some for his garden so we asked him if he could pick some up for us. We want to try it on our avocado trees. especially, but it might come in handy on the tomatoes and potatoes, too. So far the tomatoes are doing amazingly well. I monitor for white fly regularly. It appears the Marigold nearby is doing its job of keeping the white fly away. All good.
If this Diatomite works, it will be so much easier to stay organic. Pests can destroy crops very quickly. We'll be spreading the word in our community if this stuff works! Let's hope.
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