Views: 665, Replies: 11 » Jump to the end
Name: Mike Keough
San Francisco, CA. (Zone 10a)
Image
putitupmike
Sep 24, 2012 2:55 PM CST
So what the heck is eating my plants? I am in San Francisco, and the plants in containers are not having any problems at all. The Chard is just dying... I think the other two are Sages... Help!Thumb of 2012-09-24/putitupmike/4f6688
Thumb of 2012-09-24/putitupmike/fccc57
Thumb of 2012-09-24/putitupmike/8ce385
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
Cactus and Succulents Dragonflies Hummingbirder Amaryllis Container Gardener Xeriscape
Image
tarev
Sep 24, 2012 5:42 PM CST
Maybe there's a grasshopper or a katydid..?? Blinking
[Last edited by tarev - Sep 24, 2012 5:44 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #312753 (2)
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Image
woofie
Sep 26, 2012 12:59 PM CST
Grasshopper is the first thing I thought of, too. I had a small one in my GH a couple of years ago. Managed to get it before it did too much damage, but it was just luck that I spotted it in mid-hop.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Mike Keough
San Francisco, CA. (Zone 10a)
Image
putitupmike
Sep 27, 2012 11:14 PM CST
Wow. I would be surprised at either one of them. I have pretty good years and have never heard a Grasshopper, and I go out with a light at nite looking for snails so am in the garden , like forever. I have never seen anything but whiteflys and I got them with detergent and water. I am not saying that it wouldn't be, boy I am really confused.
Name: Andrew
Arkansas (Zone 8a)
Container Gardener
Image
Irrelephant
Sep 28, 2012 12:54 AM CST
I never have found snails munching on my plants but nearly every night I go out and kill caterpillars and slugs.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Image
woofie
Sep 28, 2012 8:23 AM CST
Well, grasshoppers don't make noise....(unless you can hear them chewing on the leaves.. Green Grin! ) But generally you'll see them hop out of your way.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
Image
mcash70
Sep 28, 2012 4:57 PM CST
Mike, one of the pests on your chard may be leaf miners, looks just like the damage they did on my Datura plants, when I found out what it was I starting squishing then inside the leaf, now I know you can't do that with a bunch of chard, you will have to find another way to get rid of them.
Name: Mike Keough
San Francisco, CA. (Zone 10a)
Image
putitupmike
Sep 30, 2012 9:59 AM CST
I found the problem. For months there have been a lot of white moths in th
e backyard. Last night I found a small green thing like a Caterpillar munching away... My guess is now that the littlee creepers are the culprits. So now what do I do? Dishsoap in water as a spray? No chemicals don't cha know.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Image
woofie
Sep 30, 2012 2:15 PM CST
Huh. The only thing I've ever had those little rascals attack was my cabbage. Which is why they're referred to as "cabbage moths." I've just about given up on cabbage because of them. I personally have no idea what to do once the larvae hatch out. Hope someone else has some ideas!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Region: Maryland Bulbs Amaryllis Tropicals Cottage Gardener
Critters Allowed Birds Butterflies Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bee Lover
Image
critterologist
Oct 19, 2012 9:26 AM CST
I know this is a late response, but I think Bt should be effective against caterpillar type pests, and I'm pretty sure it's considered "organic," although that definition keeps shifting around. :-)

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05556.html



I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.
Name: Mike Keough
San Francisco, CA. (Zone 10a)
Image
putitupmike
Oct 28, 2012 9:47 AM CST
Bacillus thuringiensis. I found this stuff and thank you for your help. How does it install? Does it have to actually hit the critters, or is it being sprayed on the leaves good enough? Does it have to go on the underside of the leaves? Again, thanks for th e info!
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Region: Maryland Bulbs Amaryllis Tropicals Cottage Gardener
Critters Allowed Birds Butterflies Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bee Lover
Image
critterologist
Oct 28, 2012 8:15 PM CST
You spray it on the foliage, and they ingest it. Top or bottom of the leaves, they should run into it. Apply according to label directions, and you should be fine!
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« All Things Gardening forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Pacific Blue Ice"