Hi there everyone - I'm a brand new member who knows a lot about technology and very little about gardening. My wife and I are in the 3rd season of our "first" garden, but the first two seasons were a bit of a wash. The combination of a home purchase, wedding and very busy work life left me not enough time to do anything substantial with my garden.
Fast forward to today ... the house is settled, the wedding is just memories and our fall garden is in full swing. I have a cucumber plant that has produced a few cucumbers already, but just recently I've noticed some discoloration on the leaves and did some investigation this afternoon. I've found three items of note.
One was a green worm aboout 1/2 inch long, with two long white stripes on it running longitudinally. that I think is a cabbage looper. No problem identifying it and finding info.
The second, based on a page I read about eelworms, was a single off-white worm that I noticed when I put a cucumber leaf into a glass of water. It was so small that I only noticed it due to it wriggling around, but not as small as eelworms were described to be. On top of that, my last item kinda negated one of what I thought was a supporting symptom.
Third - once I took pictures of different interesting points of the plant for posting here, I noticed that the hard "nodule" that I thought was from the eelworm actually had legs of it's own!! My first thought was aphids (not sure why since I have never seen an aphid that I know of), but searching online I was never able to find a picture of an aphid that resembled what I had. The closest I could come was scale ...
So now, finally, to my question - any idea what is causing this and how to treat it?
Sorry for the long discourse ... I just haven't had time to do fun things like this in what seems like years. So I'm splurging at your expense.
Thanks in advance for any guidance and info you can provide.
David & Holly - GIT (Gardeners In Training)
Here's the link to some pics: