If only there was a veggie garden expert hotline. All is not bliss any longer at Hoe & Shovel. This first-time veggie gardener is in need of some serious advice. We're having some issues with our small plot of veggies. All of a sudden we've got bugs and worms out the wazoo.
We have been determined to do this organically--- using no pesticides---- which we've managed to do so far.
There are oodles of tomatoes on the plants --- that's not the problem.
Seemingly overnight there are also oodles of these green creepy crawleys --- common aphids I assume.
Turning over every leaf (yeah, right--that's impossible) to spray with our homemade soapy/oily water concoction apparently isn't working....
An interesting observation: there is one lone tomato plant I put in a container (as sort of my own little experiment) that stands about 8 feet away from all the other tomato plants. It does not have any problems as of this moment.
The squash and zucchini have worms... I am at a complete loss as to how to combat that evil force but they are taking over.
The green beans, peppers, leeks, and pole beans seem to be unaffected by all the other disasters going on in the next bed.
What's up with the splitting tops on the tomatoes? The taste is unaffected and it doesn't cut completely through to the flesh but it surely is ugly.... besides that it just isn't right.
Any veterans out there have some advice... or at this point even a guess would help?