Category Archives: Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus – The Kind You DON’T Want

I was thrilled to inherit about 30 x 4′ combined beds established with asparagus, until I discovered they were completely infested with asparagus beetles. By the time I caught it the eggs had turned to larvae, which had turned to beetles (both spotted and striped), which had covered the plants in more eggs. I spent three days squishing frantically but the larvae kept munching and the eggs kept hatching.

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At that point the only thing left to do was cut them all down and burn them then tractor the chickens over the beds to try and catch any stragglers. I’m sure I’ll be dealing with them for years but next time I’ll be ready. What pests are plaguing your garden this year?