Question: “I have lettuce, mesculin, spinach, green beans, snap peas, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, and eggplant that are all developing holes. My tomatoes and peppers seem to be ok, so I’m not sure it’s aphids.”
“I also tried lady bugs, but they haven’t stuck around so I really don’t think it’s aphids.
I saw little bugs on one lettuce plant, but not on the others. Could holes come from over watering? Or is there a really good insecticide I could use. I’m going to be eating this stuff so I don’t want a horrible chemical.
Any ideas? Thx.”
Some ideas –
You can make a home made spray w/cayenne pepper, a drop of dish soap and a teaspoon of cooking oil.
Use a couple of tbsp. of Cayenne powder and add to a cup of boiling water. Remove from heat and strain it through cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Add the ingredients to the bottle and fill up with water. You’ll need to reapply this fairly often because, even w/the oil it will wash off in the rain.
There are commercial applications available at most gardening shops. Probably the least toxic is Safer’s Insecticidal Soap.