Leaf miners are hard to control since they begin their life existing within the leaf. As an organic gardener, I’ve been searching for a natural means to effectively control this pest (when the sticky traps just aren’t enough) and have discovered a wonderful product called Bulls-Eye offered by Gardens Alive.
The active ingredient, Spinosad, is a microbial insecticide derived from a species of Actinomycetes bacteria; Saccharopolyspora spinosa, discovered in soil samples. It is a fermented product, much like the more familiar Bacillus thuringiensis, but lasts longer than B.t. It will move through the leaf cuticle to reach leaf miner larvae and provide a full week of protection for most pests listed on the label. Spinosad is both a nerve poison and a stomach poison, so it kills pests that it contacts and those that consume it on the foliage they eat. It does have a negative effect on bees before it dries, so take care to spray in the early evening after the bees have returned to their hives.
Spinosad will not persist in the environment. It’s classified as an organic substance by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) and OMRI listed for use in organic production. You’ll also find this ingredient used in pill form as a more natural means to control fleas on dogs.
Welcome to Endless Harvest Towers! We’ve created this site to provide gardening tips and a location to register for Tower Garden workshops. We’re excited to share all that we’ve learned (and continue to discover) as we grow, cook and preserve our own produce. Gardening is an adventure and we love having you along for the ride!
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Take a look at this PHOTO ALBUM for pictures of produce grown in the Tower Garden. Did you know Tower Gardens are revolutionizing commercial gardening all over the US? Plus they are being used as educational tools in pre-schools, colleges and more. Here’s another PHOTO ALBUM showing various Tower Gardens in commercial and educational forums.
- Join us for one of the upcoming Tower Garden Workshops taking place on Saturday, October 31st and Saturday, November 14th from 10am to noon.
Location: Commercial Tower Garden farm, 19621 Lake Lincoln Lane in Eustis, Florida.
It’s free for anyone who has already purchased a Tower from us or who is considering doing so, (otherwise the cost is $25.00 per person or $40.00 per couple), so be sure to click on the “Tower Garden Workshop” tab above for more details and to register.
Find out how to start growing organic, pesticide-free, nutrient-dense food for your family. This is the easiest “plug and play” way to garden there is….self-watering, self-feeding, no soil, no weeding! Gardening offers a wonderful education and skill for your kids too. Plus, when kids grow vegetables, they’ll eat vegetables! Click the Tower Garden Workshop tab above for more details and to register.