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Kadin
Mar 19, 2017 10:29 AM CST
I have a raised bed that contains basil, cilantro, dill, sweet peppers, tomatoes, onions, and jalapeΓ±o pepper plants. I just started growing these things in February. I also have trenches in the bed with red wriglers worms. two things though. One, my sweet peppers are being eaten by something I think, the seedlings have holes on their leaves. two, there are a crazy amount of flies hanging around, I thought maybe they were the things eating up my little plants.

I would appreciate all the help I could get, I' a new gardener and I don't know what's good or bad for my garden.

right now, I am spraying my plants with neem oil weekly. I put a ring of coffee grounds to repeal ants around my plants but I don't think they care. I put a layer of dry leaves soon the trenches so the worms can eat all day, although there was a point in time where I think I was over feeding them so I slowed down the amount of scraps put in the trenches.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Mar 19, 2017 11:20 AM CST
Welcome!

The fly in the top pictures doesn't look the same as the others but none of them would be making the holes in the plant. I'm not sure about the top fly but the bottom two could just be attacted to decaying organic materials. Have you seen any other insects besides the flies, such as maybe tiny beetles that jump?

Kadin
Mar 19, 2017 3:51 PM CST
sooby said: Welcome!

The fly in the top pictures doesn't look the same as the others but none of them would be making the holes in the plant. I'm not sure about the top fly but the bottom two could just be attacted to decaying organic materials. Have you seen any other insects besides the flies, such as maybe tiny beetles that jump?


I haven't seen any beetles, but I have seen ants roaming around the bed.I haven't noticed any other bugs though.
Name: Sue
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sooby
Mar 19, 2017 4:52 PM CST
I was wondering about flea beetles, they are quite tiny and its often easier to see the damage than the actual beetles. Here's some info:

http://www.extension.umn.edu/g...

Kadin
Mar 19, 2017 6:47 PM CST
[quote="sooby"]I was wondering about flea beetles, they are quite tiny and its often easier to see the damage than the actual beetles. Here's some info:

Thank You!

I'll keep a look out for these tiny bugs! oh my gosh! but the damage looks the same so you might be right!
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Mar 20, 2017 6:32 AM CST
Ants arnt good, for they can eat roots or make nests in roots. A good sprinkling of regular corn meal on top of bed and out to a perimeter of a good ten feet around bed will usually get rid of ants for rest of season. Ants take to burrows. Feed on it. Cant digest it and die. It has to be broadcasted. Spot treatment, dont work.
It will take a few weeks, or so, to work. If it rains, you may need to reapply, if washed or sweept away.

Dont bury your leaves for worms. The decomposing leaves will rob soil of nitrigion. A layer of leaves on top of soil will feed worms, keep weeds out, act as a mulch, and keep soil cooler. A quadruple... Wammey.
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Kadin
Mar 21, 2017 9:54 AM CST
Philipwonel said:Ants arnt good, for they can eat roots or make nests in roots. A good sprinkling of regular corn on top of bed and out to a perimeter of a good ten feet around bed will usually get fid of ants for rest of season. Ants take to burrows. Feed in it. Cant digest it and die. It has to be broadcasted. Spot treatment, No work.
It will take a few weeks, or so, to work. If it rains, you may need to reapply, if washed or sweept away.

Dont bury your leaves for worms. The decomposing leaves will rob soil of nitrigion. A layer of leaves on top of soil will feed worms, keep weeds out, act as a mulch, and keep soil cooler. A quadruple... Wammey.
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Ohhh! I bought diatomaceous earth to treat the ants cuz I read that would work, I didn't know about the corn though. Do you use dry corn or fresh?

And I didn't know about the leaves! I'll stop burying them then! Thank you so much for the tips!
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Mar 22, 2017 10:26 AM CST
D'Oh! Oh !!! Crudd !!! I left out a key word. Meal. D'Oh!
Regular Corn Meal.
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Kadin
Mar 22, 2017 6:36 PM CST
Philipwonel said: D'Oh! Oh !!! Crudd !!! I left out a key word. Meal. D'Oh!
Regular Corn Meal.
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nodding ohhhh!! that makes a bit more sense! hahah! Thank You!

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