Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Strawberry leaf spot and Japanese beetles

I noticed this little beetle on my green beans last night. I promptly squished him. Look at what he did!


After looking around some more I found a dozen making their way through the strawberry plants. I squished them too. A couple got away, but I sprinkled garlic powder over everything hoping that would keep them away.

I checked this morning and didn't see any more. So hopefully the garlic was good enough. But, I'm keeping my eyes open.


Actually the strawberries got a double-whammy…they also have what I think is strawberry leaf spot.
So, I'm off to the garden center for an organic fungicide.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, you can make a Fungicide out of baking soda.I got this recipe off the net:

    Recipe - Baking Soda Fungicide

    Mix 4 teaspoons (about 1 rounded tablespoon) of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of horticultural oil into one gallon of water. Spray lightly on foliage of plants afflicted with black spot, powdery mildew, brown patch and other fungal diseases. Avoid over-using or pouring on the soil. Potassium bicarbonate is a good substitute for baking soda. Citrus oil and molasses can be used instead of horticultural oil.

    Any olive or veg oil would be okay or instead of the oil use dish wash liquid , this part just helps it stick to the plant.I don't think I use molasses , that would attract bees.
    ps Your garden looks great.