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jnelsonjnelson Posts: 29
my basil plants in the greenhouse are being attacked and can't see anything on or under the leaves, any ideas anyone ?

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  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,278
    That looks like flea beetle damage jnelson, you probably won't see them unless there is an infestation as they are very quick!
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • jnelsonjnelson Posts: 29
    thanks Herbaceous, next question, how do I deal with it ?
  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,278
    Unless they become a real problem I don't bother too much, you rarely find them on leaves after picking as the little beasts jump ship pretty quickly.  One remedy, apparently, is to coat some card with sticky stuff (honey would probably do) and pull it over the plant gently. Can't vouch for that as I haven't tried it  :)
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • jnelsonjnelson Posts: 29
    mmm honey basil flea beetles, interesting !! think I'll stick with the usual pesto thanks :D:D
  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,278
    You won't know 'til you try it, there is a whole world of culinary delights out there  waiting to be discovered


    It seems vaseline works
    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/comment/2208142#Comment_2208142

    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
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