georgeisabamf
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Help! My garden has bugs or something!!

So first things first, this is my first post on this board. I have been growing vegetables at home for quite some time. I use organic products only as far as nutrients and pesticides are concerned.

Now I have some bugs getting into a couple of my plants. I'm unsure of what is causing the damage as I have yet to see an actual bug on the plant (besides what looked like a nymph of an assassin bug). I'm not sure how easy it will be to identify what bug is giving me problems just from pictures of the damage. But that is what I am here requesting!!

So without further ado, here they are:

Okra-
[img]https://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/halofreak4t5/IMG_20110920_175557.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/halofreak4t5/IMG_20110920_175606.jpg[/img]

Pole beans (newer crop, with my unfinished makeshift trellis:roll: )-
[img]https://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/halofreak4t5/IMG_20110920_175643.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/halofreak4t5/IMG_20110920_175637.jpg[/img]

Tomato plant (this may or may not be bug induced, this baby might get chopped just because she produced a lot of fruit early this year and has gone downhill since)-
[img]https://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/halofreak4t5/IMG_20110920_175624.jpg[/img]

and also unrelated to bugs, my broccoli plant that has yet to produce crap. Not sure when they start to flower, but I hope it's somewhat soon!!
[img]https://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/halofreak4t5/IMG_20110920_175655.jpg[/img]

Again, I know pictures may be next to no help identifying my problem but it's all I got so far. Any advice is much appreciated! I usually don't feed these babies with anything other than water, as the soil they are mixed in is rich in nutrients for them to grow upon.

thanks in advance!

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Re: Help! My garden has bugs or something!!

Pole beans (newer crop, with my unfinished makeshift trellis:roll: )-
[img]https://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/halofreak4t5/IMG_20110920_175643.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/halofreak4t5/IMG_20110920_175637.jpg[/img]
Ok, I'm pretty sure this is Leaf Miner. You could just pull the few leaves with the squiggly tunnels and destroy.

Eric

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Yeah, leaf miners love my plants, especially my citrus trees. I don't do anything about them.

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Okra picture is blurry, but I'm thinking leaf miner there also.

Eric

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Re: Help! My garden has bugs or something!!

DoubleDogFarm wrote:
Pole beans (newer crop, with my unfinished makeshift trellis:roll: )-
[img]https://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/halofreak4t5/IMG_20110920_175643.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/halofreak4t5/IMG_20110920_175637.jpg[/img]
Ok, I'm pretty sure this is Leaf Miner. You could just pull the few leaves with the squiggly tunnels and destroy.

Eric
Thanks! I kinda was thinking that may be what that was. The pole beans only seem to be suffering from that kind of damage. Everything else seems to be in worse shape and I think something else is effecting them.

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Agree, the squiggly tunnels are definitely leaf miners. The top two pictures look like they could be flea beetles. The broccoli isn't producing because you are in Florida and it has been way too hot for it. Broccoli is a cold weather crop, that won't set heads in the heat. It may finally do something once it cools down, but having sat through so much hot, it could just bolt right away without ever really setting a head.... just make a few buds that open right up into flowers. You might want to start over now. It will do better. Even if it is still hot now, where you are, if you plant the seeds, by the time they are grown enough to be setting heads it should (presumably?) be cool enough for it. August or Sept or later is a better time to be planting broccoli where you are.
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The tomato pic is some kind of disease. Could be Early blight or septoria. Cut off all the damaged/diseased leaves and stems and throw away. DO NOT compost. There is some kind of sprays I think you can use on diseased plants but may not be needed or worth it. Some of my Tomato plants got some leaves like this I just cut it. As long as it isn't a seriously affected plant it should be OK. It can also spread to other healthy tomatoes too so keep that in mind.

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