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Old 11-04-2019, 04:02 PM
Location: Wilmington NC
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I'm growing chinese cabbage, swiss chard, beets, and snow peas......soemthing is eating them! Is there a broad spectrum spray I can put on to save them? I can't see any critters but there are holes on all the leaves.
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:34 PM
Location: British Columbia ~🌄 ☀️ ♥ 🍁 ♥ ☀️🌄~
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Did you look at the stems and undersides of the leaves to see if there are any snail trails on them?

Without knowing what is eating the plants I'll suggest you spray them all with soapy water on both the tops and undersides of the leaves.
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Old 11-05-2019, 12:28 AM
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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As suggested above soapy water or you can also try Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) a natural insecticide for vegetables.
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Old 11-05-2019, 07:42 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Go out there at night with a good flashlight and catch a few of the culprits, then post pictures to identify. Many bugs will stay in the soil and only come out to eat your plants at night. Many of those can be controlled by sprinkling Diatomaceous Earth on the soil around the plants. Unfortunately you have to re-apply if it gets wet, but it's cheap and safe for humans, pets and wildlife. I got 5 lbs. for under $10 at Amazon.
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Old 11-05-2019, 09:00 AM
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Carbaryl. If you buy it as "Sevin" be sure it is what is listed on the ingredient label. "Sevin" is a product name for various insecticides. The half life is short and has been used on food crops for years. It will temporarily kill off earthworms. Only spray the lower stems and vines of the pea plants to limit bee exposure. Bees won't visit the others. A general rule is to wait to harvest at least a week after spraying to allow it to degrade naturally.

Carbaryl General Fact Sheet
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