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Jun 2, 2018 11:52 AM CST

HI....
I was wondering what plants might be good to plant in my garden to repel beetles. I have lemon balm, someone suggested catnip, and I was wondering about marigolds. Thx. The plants I have planted are mainly tomatoes.
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Jun 3, 2018 8:55 AM CST
Name: greene
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It would help to know your location and what type of beetles you want to repel. Thanks. Thank You!
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Jun 3, 2018 2:47 PM CST

I live in the northeast - western Massachusetts.
I have seen tortoise beetles on my tomatoes, however I don't think they've done much damage and I'm not worried about them at the moment (unless you think I should be). But I've seen little black insects that might be flea beetles.
Here are some photos of holes I've seen in my tomatoes - this is the first year I've grown tomatoes myself - and I'm starting to think this amount of damage to the leaves is normal and not something to worry about - but if you know the cause of the holes I'd be grateful to know - someone said sunburn.

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Jun 4, 2018 1:18 PM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
If you have little black beetles that jump around on ground, that's flea beetles.
To get rid of them, is EZ.
Throw some coffee grounds on the ground, under the plants. They'll disappear.
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Jun 6, 2018 9:36 AM CST
Name: Frank Mosher
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Welcome to the Forum!! That is quite common with tomato leaves, usually the lower ones. Something gets at them, but the damage to the foliage is almost insignificant and has little or no effect on the fruit. Could be white flies? Like being a nervous Father-to-be! LOL. Normal! Throwing coffee grinds underneath can't hurt anything, and will eventually improve the soil. Wait for the "big ticket" concerns, and hope they do not confront you, like "Blossom Stem Rot" and "Tomato Blight"??
No, don't wait for either, just don't water from overhead, and relax and enjoy your efforts! Cheers!
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