Published on June 11th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe8
Help! What’s Eating my Broccoli?
If you’ve been following the Grow Your Own Food Challenge, you’re probably familiar with this Chinese broccoli situation in my front porch garden. Basically, I’ve been beheading the broccoli to harvest it and the head has been growing back like clockwork. Yay!
Recently, though, I noticed some holes in the leaves, and last week the whole top of the stems were covered in what look like little sesame seeds, and I’m looking at you, gardening pros, for your thoughts. Are these aphids? Does anyone know what’s happening here?
If it is aphids I’ve read that spraying them with plain old water to get them off might do the trick. I’ve also heard that spraying your plants with diluted soapy water can help deter pests like aphids. Have any of you guys tried either of these methods or something else that works?
On a possibly unrelated note, there’s a weird thing happening on just one leaf of my broccoli plant:
Is that something to worry about?
Whatever is eating my broccoli needs to quit it, because I want to eat this broccoli! This is my first garden pest problem, so I’m sort of at a loss.