We’ve been seeing Tent Caterpillars around in Santa Fe early this year. These Caterpillars (larvae) hatch from eggs laid the previous year in early spring at about the same time new leaves begin to emerge and feed on the young tender leaves. They are partial to Aspen and Cottonwood but are just as devastating to many deciduous trees commonly used in the landscapes of northern New Mexico.
They form small webs or “Tents” which expand as the larvae grow. They leave the tent to eat but return to it for refuge at night or during inclement weather.
To rid your trees from these pests, Payne’s recommends using organic products such as Thuricide – which is a liquid formulation of bacteria. It controls caterpillars, loopers, cabbageworms, hornworms, leaf folders and leaf rollers. Or Spinosad – which is derived from the fermentation juices of a lowly soil bacterium called Saccharopolyspora spinosa.
Last week, the Garden Guru discussed how easy it is to plant vegetables in containers. The most important part of this project is choosing the right pot that is large enough for successful planting. Payne’s Nurseries have an extensive selection of various pots in different styles and colors that will be perfect for your vegetable garden. Growing in containers may seem unconventional but it’s really a great idea to mix and match vegetables and flowers because most of these veggies do flower! Lynn gave a few more tips on how to make growing these plants fun!
Tune in every Friday on KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm you’ll hear Lynn Payne’s tip of the week. The “Garden Guru” himself provides information on different topics including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.