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Beginner Vegetables: Something eating my Mustard Greens!

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Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 19, 2008
6:57 PM

Post #4560503

Something is eating my Mustard Greens! They have little holes in the leaves. Is there an organic soultion to the problem that you know of?
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

February 19, 2008
7:02 PM

Post #4560519

Maybe slugs? They love tender greens. The organic method that is no fail is to go out at night with a flashlight and pick them off.
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

February 19, 2008
7:06 PM

Post #4560535

Probably snails - they will do a number on all leafy crops - cabbage, lettuce, brussels sprouts, horseradish, etc.

I'm trying the beer saucer thing this year.
Got lots of crushed eggshells in the garden already - but obviously not enough.
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 19, 2008
7:08 PM

Post #4560543

Their really tiny holes in the leaves. I'll check it out tonight.

edited to add... I'll try the beer if I find slugs.

This message was edited Feb 19, 2008 1:11 PM
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


February 19, 2008
11:15 PM

Post #4561485

Really tiny holes that look like the plant has caught a load of birdshot is indicative of flea beetles. I am not organic so I can't help you there.
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 20, 2008
1:20 AM

Post #4562021

Thanks, Farmerdill, I now have something I can shoot for.
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 20, 2008
9:58 AM

Post #4563428

Sounds like flea beetles, Dean. Diatomaceous earth, neem oil are suggested organic methods to deal with the little pests. and did you plant those radishes as a trap crop?
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 20, 2008
2:37 PM

Post #4563974

Thanks, doccat, no I didn't plant any radishes. Maybe I'll look into getting a pack of seeds. I'll get some Diatomaceous earth.
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 20, 2008
6:05 PM

Post #4564796

I bought some Diatomaceous earth and Radish seeds. Should I interplant the radishes w/ the Mustard Greens?
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 20, 2008
8:21 PM

Post #4565261

You might want to plant them at the borders of your greens. You want to use them to draw the pill bugs aways from your greens. You can pull up and discard the damaged radishes. And just plant some more. They're cheap and germinate fast.
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

February 20, 2008
8:26 PM

Post #4565279

And if you get lucky, Dean, and the roly-polys don't get all of them, some will bolt - the seed pods of radishes are a real treat. Cut a few radish leaves to mix with the mustard when you steam them - good eatin'.
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 21, 2008
12:09 AM

Post #4566063

I'll try that out, Bubba, if I have any left afterwards.
JennGroves
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 7, 2008
12:40 PM

Post #4633174

Dean

How is everything doing????????
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 7, 2008
2:50 PM

Post #4633503

Jenn,

There is still some some small holes from the flee beatles. I want to apply some diatemous earth, but it had been raining. There also slightly yellow looking. Are they supposed to be yellowish? I thought dark green would be better.
JennGroves
Glen Burnie, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 7, 2008
2:54 PM

Post #4633511

I have no clue.. I have not grown them and watching you do so is scarying me so that I won't!
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

March 7, 2008
2:57 PM

Post #4633519

Dean, see this site for a list of mustard diseases-hard to diagnosis this way
http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/PDF/FSA-7549.pdf
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 7, 2008
3:35 PM

Post #4633691

Thanks, doccat, I'll check out the site. I want them to grow soon. That spot I want to plant my tomatoes.
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 7, 2008
3:54 PM

Post #4633752

doccat, No, my mustard greens don't show any of the syptoms of disease listed on that website. Maybe, fertility related, I did use some 6-2-2 fertilizer. Or perhaps those darn flea beatles are sucking the life out of the plants. Today no rain is forecasted so I'll apply the diatomaceous earth.

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