Pests & Disease


 
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Aphaids
Clusters on the underside of the leaf.

Effect: Squash, cucumber, pumpkin, melon, bean, potato, lettuce, beet, chard, kaless bok choy.
Spray on contact with Monterey Bug Buster-O Spray. AMAZON

Vine Borers    What to look for:  Tiny brown seed like eggs at the base of the stem. They orange goo and holes or roted spaces near the base of the stem. Often the second suspect are pill bugs or rolly pollys. They also eat away at the stems and make the plant week and die.   Crops : Squash, cucumbers, eggplant and young starter plants.   PREVENTION:  Spay young seedlings or transplants before you plant in ground with     spinosad insect spray.     Spinosad is a soil-dwelling bacterium that controls dozens of insect pests: bagworms, borers, beetles, spider mites, tent caterpillars, loopers, and many, many more. Yet it has a low environmental impact because, once dry, it only kills insects that ingest it. That means you won’t harm bees or other beneficial insects

Vine Borers

What to look for: Tiny brown seed like eggs at the base of the stem. They orange goo and holes or roted spaces near the base of the stem. Often the second suspect are pill bugs or rolly pollys. They also eat away at the stems and make the plant week and die.

Crops: Squash, cucumbers, eggplant and young starter plants.

PREVENTION: Spay young seedlings or transplants before you plant in ground with spinosad insect spray.
Spinosad is a soil-dwelling bacterium that controls dozens of insect pests: bagworms, borers, beetles, spider mites, tent caterpillars, loopers, and many, many more. Yet it has a low environmental impact because, once dry, it only kills insects that ingest it. That means you won’t harm bees or other beneficial insects

Moth to worm: look for worn underside of leaf.

Moth to worm: look for worn underside of leaf.

Cabbage Looper

Effects: collards, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, turnip, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower.
Monterey Bug Buster-O Spray. AMAZON

Monterey B.T. Biological (OMRI)

Tomato horn worm.

Tomato horn worm.

Tomato Worm

Starts out as a large brown “hummingbird” moth.

Pick off by hand


Not a disease but a deficiency in calcium or a lack of water that helps the uptake of nutrients to the plant.

Not a disease but a deficiency in calcium or a lack of water that helps the uptake of nutrients to the plant.

 
 
 
 
Organic control   One way to control downy mildew is to eliminate moisture and humidity around the impacted plants. Watering from below, such as with a drip system, and improve air circulation through selective pruning with clean tools. Fungal spores can be carried by insects, wind, rain or garden tools. Use a general purpose  Fungicide.   DO NOT ADD TO COMPOST PILE.

Organic control

One way to control downy mildew is to eliminate moisture and humidity around the impacted plants. Watering from below, such as with a drip system, and improve air circulation through selective pruning with clean tools. Fungal spores can be carried by insects, wind, rain or garden tools. Use a general purpose Fungicide.

DO NOT ADD TO COMPOST PILE.