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 though.




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 to


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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