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Look at these leaves--What do I do now?

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Look at these leaves--What do I do now?

Post  aliciazim on Wed 23 Jun 2010, 7:57 pm

Okay, I think I have numerous problems. I think I have that fungus on my cucumber leaves (I took several pix) and I KNOW I have Japanese beetles 'cuz I smacked one off of my basil. The basil leaves are getting really bad now. They used to just have little dots on them, but now there are holes. I also saw one of those cucumber beetle things (the striped ones). I also saw some other bug that I took a pic of. I don't know if I can show all these pictures with one message, but I will try it out.

SHOULD I... cut off the affected leaves--cucumber leaves and basil leaves (oh, and forgot to mention the holes and chew marks in my eggplant leaves)?? I purchased that Neem stuff and am a little nervous about spraying everything before I check here. I'm so worried that I am going to lose all my stuff! So much hard work, time, effort and money invested!

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Post  aliciazim on Wed 23 Jun 2010, 8:04 pm

Obviously my attempts to post the pix have failed miserably. I will have to have my husband post them tomorrow. Sad

But, if anyone has any ideas in the meantime given the written info I posted, please let me know.

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Post  kimbertangleknot on Wed 23 Jun 2010, 8:27 pm

I always cut off the affected leaves, and I am not a person to shy away from using what I have to do get rid of bugs. I prefer not to, and I hold out as long as I can, but I refuse to let food go down the drain so easily. I would any spray (organic or not) only after the sun is low in the sky. The sun can easily help scorch your plants with anything on them that is wet, and even more so with chemicals (and most directions say not to use it while the sun is high in the sky).

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Post  Retired Member 1 on Wed 23 Jun 2010, 9:57 pm

Neem is perfectly safe for consumption--it can be taken internally. Just be careful of bees. I spray in the late afternoon/ early evening when most of the blooms are closed. That way hopefully I don't zap bees as well. Neem oil does work on many bugs and is a fungicide, so it is a valuable tool in the garden. Just mix it according to directions -- more is not better.

I don't take off leaves that are bug eaten, but will strip any that have fungus, blight or other diseases.

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