Each evening I tour the garden. Lately, attention is on the petunias to hunt budworms. Since they grow under the boysenberries, I prefer to hand pick the buggers. You can pick the damaged bud from the plant and dump it in a bucket of soapy water. The caterpillars inch down the throat of the blossom to dine on the delicate salad. Picking the damaged bud is fine since it's ruined anyway. Budworm hunting season in Bakersfield is May and August (and probably all summer long); so this is a task that needs to be tended to diligently.
|Heliothis Virescens - Geranium Budworm|