A cautionary tale regarding garden pests

Spring is a busy time in the garden.  At least that is my excuse for not seeing the destruction of our gooseberry plants until it was too late.  I was busy starting veggies, transplanting, checking the veggies, and harvesting spring crops and didn’t notice the rapid defoliating of the gooseberry shrubs. The culprit is evidently the sawfly larvae.  These little green larvae are too numerous to count.  I am trying to control them now by blasting them off with water and then either smashing them or serving them to the chickens. But unfortunately, it might be too late for our plants.  Once the berries ripen, we will cut the shrubs back, fertilize heavily, and hope for the best. Lesson:  walk your garden every day.  Look at everything, not just those plants needing current attention. Damn those little green vermin. 

Goosberry shrub sans leaves

  

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