What organic methods do you have for dealing with insects on my ground cherries?
For two years, I planted ground Cherries (Goldie Variety) next to my tomato plants. I didn’t have much trouble with pests except for tortoise beetles, but they didn’t hurt the plants too much. Last year, I planted a different variety (Aunt Molly) in pots and they were completely destroyed by these disgusting grubs that would cover themselves in their own poop and poop/vomit if you touched them. I am not sure what the adult beetles looked like. This year I switched back to the Goldie Variety, and already there are a bunch of beetles hanging out on the plants. They look like Striped Cucumber Beetles but have red heads instead of black. I really don’t want to lose another year’s crop. Do you have any advice? I was thinking about covering them with insect netting, but thought that might mess up pollination. I only want to use organic methods.
I’m sorry to hear about the trouble with your ground cherries.