What's Eating My Garden!! Pics

JWS0611June 22, 2013

Hi All,

I have been trying to grow spinach, tomatoes, peppers but can't seem to figure out what is eating my plants.

Can you help me figure out what they are so I can find something to get rid of them?

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I added the link to the other pics.

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden 2013

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 4:51PM
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sunscald in pics 2-5. Maybe using a sunscreen covering might be useful with our hot sun.

Tomato in pic 1 - looking at the stem may have a blight. Don't know enough about this but there's lots of info about it. Might be best to find a fungicide quickly.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 5:40PM
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gjcore(zone 5 Aurora Co)

Overall your plants do not look very healthy so there's probably some other problem going on. Looks like some flea beetle damage and maybe some slug damage. I think I can see flea beetles on the spinach unless that's splashed up soil.

Hard to guess what your problem could be. Did you harden off your transplants? Maybe you've been over watering? Over fertilizing?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 7:17PM
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Yeah, I'm about ready to scrap the whole garden, its a mess and I don't know what to do to fix it.

I haven't fertilized in 2 weeks, I water every other day, maybe that's too much. Not sure what hardening off transplants means, so I didn't do that.

Based on what the tomatoes said when I bout them, that they needed full sun, but I guess it's too much. Ugh!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 7:37PM
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Looks like sun scald 100%.

If you have the room, here's what I've done. On the north side of the house, I built a small raised bed. It only gets dappled sunlight in the late afternoon. I successfully grow lettuce late, late into the season. I grow my lettuce, spinach, celery, brussel sprouts and broccoli over there.

Here's a tip. The first couple years I tried direct sowing with poor results. I don't think the seeds get enough sun to germinate. So I've been using transplants I start in a tray first.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 10:48PM
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gjcore(zone 5 Aurora Co)

Spinach, peppers and tomatoes are good with full sun so that is definitely not the problem.

You might want to pull up some of your plants and take a look at the roots. I'm thinking root rot from too much water might be causing your main problem. Also not hardening off has stressed your plants.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 11:14PM
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Okay, I will try that with the smaller plants and see what I can find. I will probably take out the broccoli and other items that aren't growing and see if that will help the rest of the garden.

Also, I just bought some new plants and will gradually introduce them into the new climate.

Thanks for the suggestions.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 11:19PM
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