This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

flea beetles on my potatoes

I just got back from a quick check of my community plot. LOTS of flea beetles on the potatoes! I didn't notice them yesterday. They have chewed lots of tiny holes in the potato leaves making them look like fine lace.

It seems the recommended organic control for flea beetles is to either use row cover before the pests emerge (too late for this) or companion plant with marigolds and beans. This I can do. It will look pretty!

Solanum tuberosum


Blogger The Well Read Gardener said...

I had problems with flea beetles on my eggplant last week. I srayed the plants with soap and water, which worked for a short time. I ended up buying a bottle of basically the same thing with some oils added. The label said it was organic. It's only been a few days, but I've only seen a few coming back. Compared to the swarm I had last week I'm considering that a success. Good luck with the marigolds! If that works I might be trying that too!

May 27, 2008 1:14 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I think the good news is that the potatoes are below the ground and are not what I see being eaten. I'm not sure I trust that a companion crop will really work, but I'll try. There are ALOT of beetles!

May 27, 2008 9:22 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I hope to buy some marigolds soon - tomorrow.

May 27, 2008 9:23 PM

Blogger Meg said...

I just came across your blog, I love it! This is my first year growing vegetables, I am so excited! I ordered tomato transplants from SSE, and am starting some lettuce, cherry tomatoes and spinach from seed.

May 28, 2008 1:10 PM

Blogger RickDinChicago said...


The flea beetles have gotten my radish pretty good. I'm worried that they will devour the eggplants =(

I tried an organic spray - nothing. I think it pissed them off. I've read that garlic water fends them off if you repeat the spray several times a week. It will also keep vampires away.

Let us know if you find something that works well.

May 28, 2008 3:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've used garlic water mixed with some cayenne and that seemed to help a little. This year I'm going to try and make an onion and mint repellent, if it works I'll let you know.

May 29, 2008 12:13 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Let me know. Flea beetles are new for me.

May 29, 2008 6:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mint tea has worked in the past for me.

May 31, 2008 8:27 PM


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