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Name: Amber
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RedGardener19
Mar 19, 2018 6:08 PM CST
So, I am growing vegetables in my growbox in my backyard, and I arrived home today to find that one of my plants (I am not sure what plant it is because someone gave it to me without telling me what it is; it has fuzzy leaves, see first and third photos) had multiple small round yellow bugs on its leaves, the leaves are also dry and crunchy at the edges. You can see the bugs and the browning on this plant in the first and third photos. On the lettuce plant right next to it, the very edges of their outermost leaves have become dark brown. You can see this along with the species of lettuce in the second photo. I am not sure why this is and would very much like to rid my plants of these problems please. I cannot seem to find a photo that looks like the bugs I have discovered anywhere and was hoping to find an answer otherwise. If it matters, I recently tranferred the lettuce plant from a plastic pot with drainage, to soil in a growbox. I transferred the unknown plant from a ceramic pot with no drainage to soil in my growbox. Thank you for your help and response.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 19, 2018 6:59 PM CST
Hi Amber Welcome!

Your new plant is probably a squash plant and your bugs are aphids. Luckily, aphids are relatively easy to control. Some will suggest you can control aphids with soapy water but personally, I would buy some Insecticidal Soap. It is an organic pesticide that kills insects by disolving their 'shell'.

As for the browning leaf edges, I suspect your plants aren't getting enough water. Keep the soil evenly moist.
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Name: Amber
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RedGardener19
Mar 19, 2018 7:58 PM CST
Thank You! I appreciate the help Daisy! Hopefully my plants will recover soon!

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