Tuesday, August 14, 2007
You have to love a rose. Apparently these Japaneses beetles do. They love each other, too.
This is one of the few I found that wasn't co-joined. A look around the local gardens reveals a real plague of beetles. On addressing the problem with Olga, the organic gardener at The Toledo Botanical Gardens, I learned her secret in dealing with the infestation. Read on - if you dare.
You've been warned. This is not a story about flowers. It's about the Japanese Beetles that have been ravishing them and one another throughout the garden.
I asked Olga how she was managing the infestation of amorous, chomping beetles. I established my organic bona fide by mentioning the method of flicking them into sudsy water. She wrinkled her brow. "Well, that seems kind of cruel to me. They drown. I dispatch them quickly. I squish 'em."
She offered to demonstrate. I took a breath. She reached toward a small sunflower where scores of them munched away. Squish. Crunch. With her BARE hands. I was speechless.
"If you want to keep your hands clean you can knock them into a pouch and squish them in there." She pulled a pouch out of a pocket and knocked a stem of hapless bugs into the envelop. Knead. Knead.
I knew I would post about the encounter. It wasn't until I zoomed and cropped the last photo of the pouch method that I found a 'bit' of humor in it.
The pouch she'd saved for the purpose reads: " . . . . . the great fresh baked taste you've come to expect from 'Little Bites'."