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
» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Yesterday at 10:48 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:38 pm

» Hail Damage (Pics) - Am I in Trouble?
by Fiz Yesterday at 9:30 pm

» New England June 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:20 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in JUNE 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:18 pm

» Recommendations for balcony plants
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:16 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:10 pm

» table identity
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:07 pm

» Newbie in North Carolina!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:03 pm

» Things You Never Knew Existed Until SFG...
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:59 pm

» 15 bean soup mix - can the beans be used for planting?
by walshevak Yesterday at 8:34 pm

» Red plastic tomato trays, anyone?
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 2:42 pm

» Pea blight
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:19 pm

» Cinnamon, Fungus, and Gnats
by Fiz Yesterday at 2:16 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 1:04 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 12:52 pm

» Coconut Coir
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 10:13 am

» Trellis
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 7:30 am

» Pesticide use?
by jimmy cee 6/27/2017, 10:32 pm

» N & C Midwest--It is JUNE!!!! Garden Time!
by Scorpio Rising 6/27/2017, 9:16 pm

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by AtlantaMarie 6/27/2017, 12:54 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by BeetlesPerSqFt 6/27/2017, 12:33 pm

» New Green House
by Hoggar 6/27/2017, 12:28 pm

» to mulch or not to mulch
by sanderson 6/27/2017, 11:40 am

» who has chickens
by sanderson 6/27/2017, 10:23 am

» Bug Identification
by Robbomb116 6/27/2017, 9:17 am

» update pics
by llama momma 6/27/2017, 7:29 am

» Plans for 2017 revisited
by Judy McConnell 6/26/2017, 1:48 pm

» What won't you grow next year or are still trying to grow??
by countrynaturals 6/26/2017, 1:13 pm

» It's Kefir Time
by hammock gal 6/26/2017, 12:15 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

something eating basil, bell pepper and arugula

View previous topic View next topic Go down

something eating basil, bell pepper and arugula

Post  edsac64 on 7/10/2010, 9:55 pm

There is something eating the leaves of my basil, bell pepper and arugula plants. It starts as little holes in the middle of the leaves and then devours the entire leaf. My basil plants have been decimated. Rather than use a pesticide, I'd rather try something organic related. I thought I'd read somewhere that a mixture of mild liquid detergent and water, sprayed on the leaves might help because the soap irritates the bugs. Has anyone had experience with this? What has worked for others? My father had mentioned rotenone being effective and quite safe.

edsac64

Posts : 4
Join date : 2010-05-16
Location : Blackstone, Massachusetts, USA, climate zone 6

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: something eating basil, bell pepper and arugula

Post  camprn on 7/10/2010, 10:05 pm

I am having a similar problem and it is little brownish beetles eating the foliage. When I find 'em, I hand pick 'em and squish 'em. Evil or Very Mad
avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: something eating basil, bell pepper and arugula

Post  littlesapphire on 7/11/2010, 4:57 pm

I surround my garden with pennies to keep slugs out, then spray the leaves with an organic insecticidal soap to take care of other stuff. Other than that, I just hope for the best.
avatar
littlesapphire

Female Posts : 826
Join date : 2010-04-08
Age : 32
Location : Jamestown, NY (Zone 5a)

View user profile http://www.sanorigardens.org

Back to top Go down

Re: something eating basil, bell pepper and arugula

Post  silverbug on 7/12/2010, 7:17 am

I've just been sitting on my hands regarding my pest problems. I just feel overwhelmed. I don't want to eat veggies with stuff sprayed on them, and I read about pepper spray...ok, doesn't that affect the flavor of the food growing? Soap? er. ok, but soap is kinda yucky too. Oooh, you know, something I could try, what about Dr. Bronner's castile soap? It's totally biodegradable, has peppermint oil in it...don't you think that would irritate potential pests? Although, again, will my food taste like peppermint??

silverbug

Female Posts : 185
Join date : 2010-04-17
Age : 47
Location : Wauwatosa, WI (zone 5a)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: something eating basil, bell pepper and arugula

Post  littlesapphire on 7/12/2010, 8:19 am

@silverbug, I don't spray the actual veggies when I used the insecticidal soap. I usually just spray the leaves, which is usually what's affected most by bugs in my garden. And besides that, I almost always scrub my produce with a really basic, biodegradable soap before eating it, especially stuff I buy at the store. And as far as I can tell, it doesn't affect the way the food tastes.
avatar
littlesapphire

Female Posts : 826
Join date : 2010-04-08
Age : 32
Location : Jamestown, NY (Zone 5a)

View user profile http://www.sanorigardens.org

Back to top Go down

Re: something eating basil, bell pepper and arugula

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