Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Store Bought Compost
by plantoid Today at 4:03 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by Cajun Cappy Today at 4:02 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Today at 2:34 pm

» Spaghetti Squash Recipes
by newbeone Today at 2:27 pm

» Double summer squash flower
by AlwaysHotinFL Today at 2:05 pm

» New England April 2017
by CapeCoddess Today at 1:47 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by CapeCoddess Today at 1:05 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by CapeCoddess Today at 1:01 pm

» Japanese Beetle Grub Insecticide
by Zmoore Today at 1:01 pm

» garden ready need better weather
by bigblue94 Today at 12:59 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:48 pm

» Amaranth
by sanderson Today at 12:40 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in April 2017?
by Kelejan Today at 12:34 pm

» Geezer's 17
by countrynaturals Today at 11:25 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Turan Today at 10:56 am

» N & C Midwest: April 2017!
by herblover Today at 10:36 am

» Compost for Mel's Mix
by TNGeezer Today at 10:12 am

» Hullo from SW Ohio
by TNGeezer Today at 10:05 am

» Hello from SE Michigan
by sanderson Today at 4:30 am

» Hello from Chino, CA (Zone 10a)
by sanderson Today at 4:21 am

» Please comment on the plant layout for 2017
by greenthumbtobe Yesterday at 9:01 pm

» Sprouting seeds
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 8:44 pm

» My "Old Deck" Table Top Garden today
by nrstooge Yesterday at 7:15 pm

» GF Collard Greens, Kale Recipes
by MBroman Yesterday at 5:50 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:10 pm

» California's Drought
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:52 am

» Ants.
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:37 am

» to solarize, or not...I'm torn
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:27 am

» Old roots
by Scorpio Rising 4/25/2017, 9:10 pm

» Sub Irrigation Planter
by CitizenKate 4/25/2017, 8:24 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

can you diagnose my garden please??

View previous topic View next topic Go down

can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  staciz on 6/9/2010, 6:25 pm

Almost everything seems to be growing well (except a few cucumbers and hot peppers that were transplants) BUT I'm having leaves being eaten and some dark spotting.

Any ideas on what the problems are and how to fix?? About a week ago, I took some of my bitten leaves to a local gardening store...they sold me some organic pesticide called "Concern". I used it then, but feel like things are still being munched on.

TIA!!

lettuce


basil


bell pepper- this one has holes AND some kind of black pattern on it- looks like dirt, but it's not


same bell pepper- see the dark stems? normal??

staciz

Posts : 30
Join date : 2010-04-12
Location : southern CA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  staciz on 6/9/2010, 10:46 pm

anyone?

staciz

Posts : 30
Join date : 2010-04-12
Location : southern CA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  martha on 6/9/2010, 10:54 pm

Staci, I searched and searched and SEARCHED on the 'net and couldn't find anything that seemed to be a perfect match. I know I have seen those black dots on plants before, but before SFG, I didn't try to fix problems, because it seemed like such a losing battle.

I did read somewhere someone having a stem that looks like yours, and the suggestion was to make sure it wasn't really dark purple, in which case it would be normal.

The only other question I have is, what has the weather been like for you lately?
avatar
martha

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 60
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  Jola on 6/9/2010, 11:04 pm

As for the holes - growing organically holes happen. There will always be some earwig, caterpillar, slug, which will get to your plant. Unless it is really serious problem I would just carefully observe, and try to hand pick the culprit if I see it. As for the black spots - hard to say, looks like some kind of fungus. Purple stems on peppers are normal, like martha said.
avatar
Jola

Female Posts : 107
Join date : 2010-03-23
Location : Lansing area, MI (5b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  staciz on 6/9/2010, 11:11 pm

ok, i think it might be dark purple. so glad to hear it's normal!!

should i tear off the leaves that have the black spots on them?? it's not all of the leaves on there. and the peppers are growing, so i am REALLY wanting to save them!

as for the critters...i read on here about people wanting earthworms and ladybugs....i saw a worm all curled up the other day...it was white and fight and in a circle. i didn't know if it was a good critter or a bad on though!

so much to learn...

oh, martha- our weather has been gloomy. we had a week or so of sunshine and now it's just gloomy and around 68 every day all day. very little rain. i'm in socal.

staciz

Posts : 30
Join date : 2010-04-12
Location : southern CA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  Chopper on 6/9/2010, 11:24 pm

1. Most flies/wasps/bees any size good.
2. Most beetles bad, except ladybugs.
3. Any worm but an earthworm bad.
4. Moths bad.
5. Things that are slimy (see earthworm exception) bad.
6. Anything with its little mouth filled with your veggies (family excepted) bad.

There's the list.

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 61
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  staciz on 6/9/2010, 11:31 pm

thanks chopper! helpful list. now an even more elementary question...if i see one of these, what do i do with it?? to throw it out of the garden makes me think it will just come back. so does that mean i have to kill it?

staciz

Posts : 30
Join date : 2010-04-12
Location : southern CA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  boffer on 6/9/2010, 11:32 pm

Thanks, I think I can get all of that on a large plant marker so it's handy.
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  PB on 6/9/2010, 11:35 pm

Yep, laminated and handy.....
Thank you Chopper.
avatar
PB

Female Posts : 95
Join date : 2010-03-11
Age : 52
Location : North Carolina

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  Chopper on 6/10/2010, 1:13 am

@staciz wrote:thanks chopper! helpful list. now an even more elementary question...if i see one of these, what do i do with it?? to throw it out of the garden makes me think it will just come back. so does that mean i have to kill it?

I am afraid so. A lot of people drop bugs they find into soapy water. I either squish them with my fingers or step on them. Hate to do it, but they have everything else in the yard to munch, they can't have my vegetable garden. Sorry guys. Although with hornworms I usually just walk them to the trash b/c that goes over my internal gross meter.

Otherwise, most bugs respond to Neem Oil, but it will kill beneficials too. Bt is another gardner's friend.

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 61
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  PB on 6/10/2010, 9:54 am

I thought if you sprayed Neem early in the AM or late in the PM when the bees and such werent working it was safe for the beneficials. Only sucking and chewing bugs were affected. I am really trying very hard to do this thing organically, but If it keeps on I am temped to go Sevin dust.....
avatar
PB

Female Posts : 95
Join date : 2010-03-11
Age : 52
Location : North Carolina

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  donnainzone5 on 6/10/2010, 10:59 am

I wouldn't worry about an occasional hole or two.

Those tiny black specks are probably the eggs of a cabbage moth. Quick, spray those leaves with something organic, before they hatch into caterpillars!
avatar
donnainzone5

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 2067
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 69
Location : Bend, OR (Zone 5-6)

View user profile http://www.amway.com/DonnaKBecker

Back to top Go down

Re: can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  Jola on 6/10/2010, 11:15 am

staciz, you should remove leaves if you think it is fungus, but only affected leaves. The list you got from Chopper is great. I knock the bad guy to a bucket with soapy water, trying not to touch them (I have caterpillar-fobia, so it is hard for me to even look at them).
If you have any problem try more natural approach, before you reach for chemicals. There are several "organic" kill-something recipes, and you can find them on the internet. I use many of Jerry Baker's recipes. I have small yard so it works fine. For example I spray my whole yard once a week (or so) with mixture of liquid dish soap, antiseptic mouthwash, and tobacco juice (not on tomatoes though), it repels bugs. I feed my grass beer and sugar from time to time, etc.
You might try to spray that black spots on peppers, if you see them again, with the mixture:
1 Tbsp of baking soda
1 Tbsp of vegetable oil (any)
1 Tbsp of Murphy's soap
in 1 gallon of water. Spray lightly once a week.
avatar
Jola

Female Posts : 107
Join date : 2010-03-23
Location : Lansing area, MI (5b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

beetles

Post  ander217 on 6/10/2010, 11:34 am

I would add ground beetles (carabids) to the list of good beetles along with ladybugs. They eat bad bugs and larvae.

They are the long, black, hard-shelled beetles, although some kinds have iridescent shells, and a few are even brightly colored. They eat everything from potato bug larvae to slugs to cutworms.
avatar
ander217

Female Posts : 1450
Join date : 2010-03-16
Age : 62
Location : Southeastern Missouri (6b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: can you diagnose my garden please??

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum