Newly Registered
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:29 pm
Location: Hawaii

Something is eating my Herbs.

The last time I planted basil and lettuce it grew well in my climate but something kept eating the leaves. I thought it might be the lizards, or bugs so I bought some Neem. This did not help, as the bites are big.

I decided to pull the garden and start from scratch, now with basil, lettuce, and cilantro. The basil is starting to sprout and I am worried that the same thing will happen again....

What preventive measures can I take, and is it to early to apply the Neem?

Thanks all, and may your crops prosper.


User avatar
Super Green Thumb
Posts: 25303
Joined: Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:04 pm
Location: TN/GA 7b

Re: Something is eating my Herbs.

You need to know what is doing the damage. Especially on lettuce, my guess would be slugs/ snails. The Neem oil is not effective against them. Slugs tend to leave roundish holes in the middles of leaves:

https://www.thegardenerseden.com/wp-cont ... ettuce.jpg

If they keep eating on it, eventually the leaf becomes sort of lace like with a pattern of holes. Severe damage:

https://www.thegardenerseden.com/wp-cont ... severe.jpg

Does this look like what happened to yours? If you start seeing the holes, you need to go out a few hours after dark with a flashlight and look for the culprits.
Twitter account I manage for local Sierra Club: https://twitter.com/CherokeeGroupSC Facebook page I manage for them: https://www.facebook.com/groups/65310596576/ Come and find me and lots of great information, inspiration

Return to “Herb Gardening Forum”