Mar 13, 2023
I’m joined in this episode by Margaret Parks of Evergreen Growers Supply, an Oregon-based supplier of beneficial insects and microorganisms. We begin by discussing the big picture pieces of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as they relate to small scale flower farming. Then we dive into spider mite control with three fantastic beneficial insects. We also touch on banker and trap crops as well as the importance and fundamentals of scouting.
Some important links to go along with this conversation:
Evergreen Growers Supply
Margaret’s Critter Links
The mite predators Margaret mentions are:
Amblyseius / Neoseiulus fallacis (pronounced "fuh-LASS-iss")
Hypoaspis miles / Stratiolaelaps scimitis – (pronounced "stratio-LAY-laps")
Phytoseiulus persimilis – (pronounced "per-SIM-ih-liss")
Margaret offered a great pro tip during our conversation I thought I’d put here in the show notes so it’s easy to reference. Add site:.edu after google search terms to find university and extension publications quickly without having to weed through all the companies sell stuff.
Because Margaret had so much great info to share, I’ve split my conversation with her into two parts. Tune in again for Part 2 where we talk about a few more specific pests, like cucumber and Japanese bettles, as well as a natural product Evergreen Growers offers to combat gall.
If you liked this episode, you may want to also listen to:
Episode 8: Dahlia Pest Management
with LeeAnn Huber of Coseytown Flowers
Episode 15: A Little Goes a Long Way in Regenerative Flower Farming KNF and JADAM with Tony
Gaetz of Bare Mountain Farm
Episode 21: The Magical BRIX Number That Stops Pests – An Exciting Conversation with Dr. Tom Dykstra
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Margaret Parks of Evergreen Growers Supply