This week on the Gardenerd YouTube channel, we answer the question, “What’s eating my plant?” We start with the most common damage you see on crops and describe the pest(s) that go with it.
In this video we explore crop damage from leaf miners, rats, grasshoppers, caterpillars like cabbage worms, spider mites, and more. If we missed the kind of critter nibbling on your crops, post a comment and we’ll add it to Part 2.
What’s Eating My Plants?
Read more about the pests mentioned in the video above:
Rats – they’ve been a nemesis for years at Gardenerd HQ. Here’s a blog post about how we deal with them.
Raccoons – While opossums are helpful pest controllers in the garden, raccoons can cause havoc when they dig up your plants in search of grubs. Read up on how to reduce the grub population in your soil and make it less appealing for raccoons.
Worms – Caterpillars come in all shapes and sizes: Cabbage worms, armyworms, corn worms, etc. Each have their own treatment, but here’s something for the kind that come from moths landing on your crops.
Cucumber & Squash Beetles – To help keep the population to a minimum, we inspect the inside of squash and cucumber blossoms for beetles early every morning. We squish the bug and remove it from the flower to prevent infection.
Earwigs – Also known as pincher bugs, earwigs will decimate young growth in no time. Find a few suggestions in addition to the one mentioned in the video in this blog post.
Grasshoppers – there are a number of ways to deal with them in addition to what’s mentioned in the video. Check out this blog post.
Spider Mites – these microscopic critters are troublesome in the herb garden and other places where air circulation is a challenge. Learn how to brew compost tea to combat them here.
If we didn’t describe what’s eating your plant, post a detailed description in the comment section on the YouTube video and we’ll cover it in What’s Eating My Plant – Part 2.
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