Hello everyone one hope you're all well.
I've had to scrap my brassica bed as Flea Beetles have destroyed the leaves on every seedling. I tried spraying regularly with water, not planting out till the seedlings were quite big and even did the wafting a grease covered bit of wood over the plants but nothing worked.
I was hoping you could help with 2 questions:
(i) How long do you think I should wait until planting new things in that bed? I'm hoeing each day, which I understand should prevent or reduce their larvae in the soil.
(ii) I was thinking to use that bed now to start my biennials for next year. I grow Foxgloves, Wallflowers, maybe Sweet William and anything else I can find that's good for pollinators (though not teasel as my plot is under netting). Alternatively, I could wait a while and then plant my Kale and Spinach for the winter. Would any of these be susceptible to Flea Beetle damage, and should therefore be avoided?
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