This has been the biggest waste of my time and my garden. I have a "small" garden. I hand pick and kill cucumber beetles, slugs, Japanese beetles and cagger lopers/worms or whatever they are called. Several times a day 6 days a week.
I have used sluggo, and I have a LOT of toads (huge ones). I have hand killed over 1,500 slugs (these are ones I hand picked and killed, not counting accidentally steps on, sluggo, toads etc.
I go over my cabbage/broc/cauliflower and brussel sprouts AT LEAST 4-5 times a day 6 days a week and 1-2 times the 7th day. I have used safer 3 in 1, tomato and veggies killer and one other one this past week.
I dusted with bituminous earth all over. I have hand killed over 1000 Japanese beetles.
I have sprayed safer INTO open yellow flowers only to find 2 cucumber beetles mating in there the next day. Several times.
My coal crops looks like a bombed out city in WW2. There are cucumber beetles everywhere (not as bad as peak but aat peak I had to use 7 dust, there were so many they ate leaves faster then the could blossom and I would have had nothing - NOTHING.
Japanese beetles are down but still everywhere. I can walk around a find cabbage loppers at will, several per plant and 2 hours later just as many. I carefully examine every leaf several times a day and even find tiny babies. There are more now then every before.
My cucs drop daily from wilt from cucumber beetles (never had wilt before). I will get no cucs despite 10 different plants spread out 10-20 feet apart in different sections.
Despite me spending literally 3-4 hours a day maintaining my garden, 6 days a week, it is by far the worst garden I have evern had (I used to maintain it maybe 1 hours every other day). What the heck??????????
On top of it I have about 150 feet of vines (pumkins, windter squash and melons) and exactyly ONE fruit! New ones form and die. Tons of bees, no rain in a week. See polination problem.
I am BEYOND frustrated. I want to stay organic and I used to love working in my garden but walking around wasting my time, watching my prize crops fail miserably with no organic solution in site is really getting to me. Seeing all the bugs I worked ten times as hard to kill as ever before in there greatest numbers and cucs literally wilting and dieing in hours is no longer fun.
My safe haven, happy place has become a scene of frustration and endless work for little gain.
What to do? Why I am wasting so much time in such a small garden and getting no where and I visit friend with tiny gardens and NO signs of any issues I have??????????? I live by woods on two sides?
I rotated crops and read all I could on all issues above several times. With the exception of 7 dust one time (which DID immediately cut out 90% or more of my cuc beetles) I am still organic.
Sorry to vent and thanks for listening,
very frustrated in Ohio