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Post  Robbomb116 on 9/2/2016, 8:41 am

I've noticed some small holes on a lot of my seedlings.   Most of the bok choy, the kale,  and some radishes and arugula have these small holes.   Any idea what could be causing them?

 I have the bed covered with tulle, but the tulle is just resting on the plants,  not supported on pvc or anything.  Is that the wing easy to do it / could that have contributed to this?

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Post  sanderson on 9/2/2016, 2:09 pm

My guess is rolly polly/sow bug. Most of my radish seedlings were eaten. Time to sprinkle Sluggo Plus.

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Post  Robbomb116 on 9/2/2016, 3:08 pm

A coworker of mine thought it might be flee beetles a s recommended diatomaceous earth.  Could I do this sluggo plus and the diatomaceous earth to cover all my bases?  Or would that be over kill?  I don't want to put more than is necessary on my plants, but I want the pests to stop eating them!

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Post  sanderson on 9/2/2016, 6:11 pm

I would say you could do that. See if anyone else has comments. I sprinkled SP in the amended bed as they were eating my radishes.

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Post  Robbomb116 on 9/2/2016, 6:30 pm

Found the culprit in the act! Teeny tiny yellowish green caterpillars... I picked all of them off and squished them.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/2/2016, 9:40 pm

Rob, if, and I hope you don't , get an opportunity to post a picture of the little devils, can ya try?  I was also thinking sow/pill bugs based on the marks!  

Thanks, and glad ya smooshed em!

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Post  Robbomb116 on 9/2/2016, 9:50 pm

They were so small.   Like maybe a 1/4" long.  7mm thick, like the mechanical pencil lead haha

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/2/2016, 10:04 pm

@Robbomb116 wrote:They were so small.   Like maybe a 1/4" long.  7mm thick, like the mechanical pencil lead haha
Huh?  Well, then!  Glad you got 'em!   cheers

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Post  Robbomb116 on 9/2/2016, 10:19 pm

From my Internet searches I think they were completely fresh fresh fresh hatched white cabbage butterfly larva

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/2/2016, 10:24 pm

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@Robbomb116 wrote:From my Internet searches I think they were completely fresh fresh fresh hatched white cabbage butterfly larva
Oooooo, yes, makes sense.  Darn larvae.  They do eat!

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Post  Robbomb116 on 9/3/2016, 7:05 pm

Found them again,  much less this time.   At least now I know what to look for! 

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Post  sanderson on 9/4/2016, 3:12 am

A solid cover of tulle will keep the butterfly off the plants.  I swear, that if there is one little gap, she will find it!  http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t11715-bacillus-thuringiensis-bt?highlight=bacillus

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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/4/2016, 4:20 pm

@sanderson wrote:A solid cover of tulle will keep the butterfly off the plants.  I swear, that if there is one little gap, she will find it!  http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t11715-bacillus-thuringiensis-bt?highlight=bacillus

True that! I found two on two separate occasions flying around under my cover this summer. The only way she would have gotten in was when a strong wind blew open a little tiny gap just a smidge. Mad  grrrrrr...
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