Wednesday, July 15, 2015
This isn't actually a photo of organic pesticide. It's a photo of a bit of a wildflower strip that some Michigan State University students planted on our farm several years ago. The Farmer calls it the Predator Feeding Sanctuary.
Planting it was part of a study on whether planting habitat for beneficial insects helped with pest control. I don't think I ever heard any definitive results on the study, but it's the loveliest pest control I've ever seen.
Last year I made the mistake of treating this area as part of the rotational grazing plan. We didn't see many flowers. This year we're leaving it alone and it seems to be doing just fine. And I did see a ladybug (considered a good insect) on one of the bean plants while I was weeding yesterday...