This is our first year with a vegetable garden in Illinois. The garden has been abundant.
Unfortunately, so too are the weeds and the garden pests.
The weeds are at least manageable. The pests? Not so much.
Sadly, everything growing on a vine is being consumed by voracious Japanese beetles and (here's a new one for my science collection) the striped cucumber beetle.
Since we eat out of this garden, I am apprehensive to try chemical insecticides; but I am at an impasse for what to do to be rid of them.
Perhaps some notes left in the garden explaining my position will encourage them to move along.