I am a real newbie in gardening! I just planted my first basil plants a couple of weeks ago and they seem to be growing just fine, and they smell delicious!
I have them in a pot in my balcony. They get plenty of sun, and the weather here is quite dry (now in spring it rains like once or twice every couple of weeks), and it's getting pretty hot (we had 25ÂºC, 77ÂºF yesterday).
The thing is, I've noticed some leaves have white-ish spots on them... I really have no idea what they are, and I've been taking out the affected leaves (I did this out of intuition, I really don't know whether it's a good idea or not...).
Here's a picture of what they look like:
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And also, I've noticed some winged small dark bugs flying around my plants. I have no clue what they are or whether they're harmful for my basil... I managed to take a picture of one:
Does anyone know if these two things are related? Should I be worried? I don't want to use pesticides because I intend to use the basil for cooking... Any alternatives??
Thanks a lot!!