Dear Growers, 

The manager of the student farm, Jeremy Moghtader asked me to help out
if I could. Well we do have a listserv and perhaps some of you have
experience with foggers, may like to rent one or could share your
experience with Patrick at Earthworks garden in Detroit. Here is his
note. Please send him your advice through the listserv and he will
receive it. Or if you prefer you can email him directly at and make it attn Patrick.


Hope someone can help him out.






this is Patrick at earthworks in detroit. 


I have a little problem, and was hoping you or John might be 


able to guide me in the proper direction. 




I have a serious outbreak of aphids in my asparagus.  now, I usually 


just let things work themselves out and don't worry to much as 


I feel like spraying tends to just cause more problems, but its only 


the third year, and my research leads me to think that since 


the plants are so young it could cause there long term productivity 


to suffer, and there are just a ton, a ton of aphids. 




Since the foliage of the asparagus is so dense and lush (likely 


part of the reason for such huge outbreak) using a sprayer wouldn't 


really work.  I need one of them backpack foggers. 




so the first question is do you know if there is some sort of list serve
or something 


that I could post a request to borrow one.  or is there a farmers co-op
that rents them.  I 


would really prefer that it not have been used by conventional growers




and second I was thinking it might be best to just buy one, since I'm
certain I'll have 


to make 3 or 4 apps to get everything in check.  plus I suspect it would
be a handy thing 


to have around since we have a good number of fruit plants that I'm just
waiting to start having 


problems of some sort.  I can't afford one of the really fancy ones,
even if I could it seems sort of silly to have such a powerful one for
such a small operation.  I was looking at something a little cheaper,
and was wondering if you had an experience with them.  I just don't want


get something that's a total piece of crap.  see example here 






thanks for all you time and help, and if you know nothing could you pass
this on to someone who could.  hope your season is going well. 






M. Patrick Crouch 


Greenhouse Manager / Field Coordinator 


Earthworks Garden Project, Detroit, MI 



Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resources Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


517-282-3557 (cell)

517-353-3834 (fax)



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