Battling the Beetles

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Asparagus beetles do their thing in Parsons Gardens.

It’s that time of year – students are graduating, alumni are returning for reunions, and asparagus is popping up all over the place!

In Parsons Gardens, the established asparagus patch is getting hit hard by asparagus beetles.  From afar you can see the asparagus tops bending over like a cane.

How to get rid of them organically, you ask?  Picking them by hand sometimes seems like fun. Welcoming chickens in for a feast is only sometimes feasible.

We have found this Mother Earth News article about these pests and our favorite springtime veggie treat especially enlightening.

Happy reading!