See that little black speck to the right of center? That little guy is eating little holes in some of my tomatoes and also in some of the other seedlings.
I looked on the internet and have found that it is called a Flea Beetle. When you go to pick them off the leaf you have to be careful because they will jump away like a flea. They are very easy to kill tho, very unlike a flea.
Since this is an organic garden, I want to deal with this problem with no chemicals.
The internet says to:
- Use covers (not an option because these guys likely came with the dirt)
- Use a trap crop like radishes
- Use a pesticide
- Use onion or garlic or pepper spray
Its this last one that I will be trying today. I am going to get some garlic and make a solution of it and then swab it onto my affected plants. I am going to start it off at a relatively (as it seems to me) concentration.
I am also having another issue.
My transplanted pimento peppers (Bonnie from Walmart) are growing some gnarly looking leaves since their transplantation. Is this a fertilizer issue? A too much water issue? A pH issue? If you know, drop me a note!
Ed is working on the fifth bed today, 6th soon and then a large 8×8 herb garden.
We got some Mary Washington asparagus (with a bonus extra pack), 40 in all. Now we are deciding where we will put these guys. As you may know, eating these wont happen until like 3 years from now. They take up a lot of space vertically so they do not want to be IN the garden…
I am still working on the 4th garden in terms of seed placement, almost there. I am also working on seeding in the companion crops to help deal with bugs and get some synergistic benefits.
This guy is growing like a weed but we are not going to weed him.