Posted by: silverspringsgarden | June 17, 2013

Beware the Flea Beetle

Hello Eldon –please post to all gardeners.

Last week one of the gardeners pointed out that there was damage ( pinpoint holes in the leaves) on radish and cabbage leaves.

We got some second opinions and it was decided that the damage was flea beetle.Not unusual in canola country.

The beetle flies in the fall and buries itself in garden refuse or soil.Offspring emerge in the spring and attack tender new shoots.Once plants are past the 2-4 leaf stage they are tougher,waxy and less vulnerable.The  plants most vulnerable are in the brassica or mustard family.

The control for these pests is early planting or planting not of that family, row covers are also recommended.

If you are experiencing this problem ,may I suggest leaving the affected crop as  sacrifice plants and planting something near it that the beetles don’t bother -tomatoes or potatoes.

Bye for now

Sonia

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