We’ve had quite a few inquiries the last few weeks about controlling Earwigs and sure enough this very topic showed up in the latest Vegetable IPM advisory from the Utah Pests team! Along with that advice came some great information on other recently spotted garden pests AND beneficial insects. Read below for more information and keep scouting in your garden to try and catch a glimpse of these creatures first hand!

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The advisory also offered some unique tips for starting carrots from seed which we can’t help but share because late July is the perfect time to plant cool season crops for fall harvest!

We often see gardeners fall into a routine of planting early is spring and then plugging away at maintenance all summer, but taking time to plan (and plant) midsummer can make for a bountiful fall harvest! Peas, radishes, lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, Swiss chard, turnips, kale, kohlrabi, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are all good candidates for midsummer planting. Make sure to check the package for information about “days-to-harvest” and get them in the ground with enough time to mature before the fall temperature drop too low! Veg-IPM-7-12-2016_Page_1 Veg-IPM-7-12-2016_Page_2 Veg-IPM-7-12-2016_Page_3

Finally, if you’ve made it through this whole post and you are still having nightmares about those creepy crawling Earwigs, watch this video for some additional tips on trapping them!