My garden and my bees share the same space although I should be able to keep the insecticide from contacting the hive directly. While some of my plants, the bees will work, I will have no where near enough to keep many bees busy. I do expect though for the vegitables that need pollination from insects will benefit from my bees.
In my garden right now, all I have are tomatos, peppers and some herbs. This fall I am planning a much more robust garden: tomatos, peppers, lettuce, corn, spinach, strawberries, beans and a few others I can't think of right now.
We are trying to grow as organically as possible but know that bugs/fungus/etc will be an issue and I currently have a issue with stink bugs and western leaf footed bugs now on my tomatos. I want to be sure to start a treatment "plan" from the beginning on my new plants.
So far, all I have used is a homemade soap and oil solution but it is not effective against the above mentioned bugs.
I have been researching organic options. The 2 that seem to keep showing up are:
1. Bon-neem (insecticidal soap) - http://www.bonideproducts.com/labels/pdf/bonneemconc.pdf
2. Rotenome/Pyrethrum (formulation of naturally occurring pesticides ) - http://www.bonideproducts.com/labels/pdf/rotenonepyrethrin.pdf
Do you have any experience with these and how they may or may not affect the bees. Any other comments are welcome.