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What the #@^*! is eating our greens?

July 25, 2008

First the arugula fell, then the collards, but the romaine is so far holding fast against the onslaught of something evil that leaves pin-sized holes all over the lovely, fragrant, iron-rich greens that I REALLY wanted to eat, but now have the texture of sandpaper. bleh. The ONE baby chard that is starting to grow (because I accidentally trampled the rest) is sure to fall prey…grrrRR!

Anybody know what it is and how we fight back?

I have a great book on organic gardening my wonderful mother gave me from the year I was born, called Bugs, Slugs, and Other Thugs, and it can probably tell me too when I get home tonight, but I was just seized with the urge to know…you know how it is.

Edit: Turns out Mom gave me Best Ideas for Organic Vegetable Gardening, a Rodale pub :) Looks like I need to get reunited with my garden library!

Judging from the description of damage in Thugs, I think we have flea beetles…great.

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  1. July 30, 2008 7:12 pm

    Yikes! That sounds serious! I think they have a shot for that though…
    Sorry to hear about your greens though. It occurs to me that Mum might be able to help you out in the bug department. She’s at http://www.colorsofthegarden.blogspot.com

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