Respect the Bugs

When I wrote Marijuana Pest & Disease Control I developed a great appreciation for bugs and the other insects that enter our gardens. I began to admire their unique roles in nature. Most of the time we underestimate them and denigrate their skills of communication and adaption. All these creatures are survivors, no different than us, struggling to sustain themselves.

This is visually apparent in the winners from the video competition that the Entomological Society of America sponsors annually.

Hornworm Meets Alien opens with the hornworm’s voracious demolition of a tomato and concludes with the equally destructive capabilities of predator wasps decimating the large green caterpillar from within.

I’ve always been in awe of ants. They have colonized every continent except Antarctica.  The Ants Africa video shows ants on the march. They are organized, focused, and successful hunters.

After watching these videos, you will think differently about what most of us regard as “pests”.  And although these creatures can undermine your crops, it’s also possible to protect your plants in a way that respects their role in the ecosystem we all share.

Enjoy the film fest:

Hornworm Meets Alien

Ants Africa

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3 Responses to “Respect the Bugs”
  1. Bill says:

    I met Ed at the Hash Bash this year, thanks for signing my book. I’ve already read through it and its helped me sharpen my skills. I’ve been growing for 10 years and its always a good idea to continue learning and educating yourself. There’s always room for improvement. Thanks again Ed ! Oh and how did you like the double bubble ?

  2. Viola says:

    Hi Ed, What is causing bumpy rough leaves? Ive seen it before and cant put my finger on it. Im thinking either the roots are touching a pocket of one of the amendments in the bottom of the pots and its just too strong, or is it a deficiency ?ph issue? Its only on one or two plants, the rest seem fine.

  3. Jerry Karin says:

    Hey Ed, I am enjoying my garden and I have a nice strain I would like to keep growing but it would be nice to go away for a couple of weeks. Do you have any recommendations for keeping small plants alive while on vacation, like bagging and putting in refrigerator or something?

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