One of the biggest problems I've had are pests in my urban rooftop garden and greenhouse the past few years. With the drought, white files, caterpillars, rats, mice, and who knows what else – my harvest the past two years have been less than poor. Add to that, I’m an animal lover and I just don’t have the heart to set traps and poison the pests. I believe all animals serve a purpose in this world and it’s up to me to figure out a way to grow organic veggies under these circumstances in a harmonious way with wildlife.
So, this year I’m not playing! I purchased rolls and bags of mesh fabric with a plethora of clips; hoops, and created other trellis to protect my veggies and secure every possible entry of tiny white flies from entering any containers. In addition, I have started many small Marigold plants to stand guard in front of my tomatoes like little solders. So far, I have garlic, peppers, lettuce, mint, two types of tomatoes, potatoes, kale, Swiss chard, and onions under the fabric and thriving!
I don’t want to post my progress until I have a successful, plentiful harvest to share, so stay tuned.