The Hopeful Gardener Has Leaf Miners
|May 14, 2010||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Produce|
Last week I noticed some white squiggly lines on some of my tomato leaves.
Thankfully, the University of Florida/IFAS website has great information and after looking there and consulting with several gardeners, I realized that I have leaf miners.
The good news is that I can control them a little by plucking the damaged leaves and I won’t need to use a pesticide. These little buggers may reduce the number of tomatoes I get but with just one plant it shouldn’t be too much of a difference.
In spite of this cosmetic blemish on my otherwise beautiful container garden (not that I’m biased, right?), my plants are flourishing. Take a look at my two week old garden.
If you’ve had trouble with leaf miners, I would love to hear how you’ve dealt with them, especially if you’ve planted a companion plant that will draw them away from tomatoes and basil. I’ll be back next week with another update – you should see all the yellow flowers on the tomato plant now!