Beat the Beetles

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    Flea beetles are the bane of eggplant growers! On this week’s You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath discusses how to use clay to turn them away. Plus: what potential harm can a warm winter do to our poor plants? And your fabulous phone calls!

    Question of the Week:

    I always have a problem with flea beetles on my eggplant. I follow your advice and grow the plants under row covers when they’re young, but the beetles attack as soon as I take the row covers off for pollination. I sometimes use “Pyola”—but would “Surround” kaolin clay spray work better and longer to control them?
    —Deb in “Wagon Town” in Chester County, Pa

    Will a spray of clay conquer the beetles of flea? »

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