May 11, 2010
Just when I thought I had this garden thing down...
I started off wanting to do a post about how lovely and huge my tomatoes are getting...
True Black Brandywine
Look at the size of these leaves!
After spending 30 mins inspecting Tomato Alley, I found the carnage shown below! Only one leaf looks this way right now, but the underside of the lower leaves are covered with what looked like eggs. I can't identify them, strange in that they are scattered, not laid in clusters. I went to go get my camera and used it to magnify what I was seeing, and in fact they now look like a bug to me - there is what looks like legs on them. They also resemble scale with the way they stick on the surface, but they are on the leaves and not the stems. When poked with a fingernail they resist like a shell and then pop juice out (sorry, LOL!) I really need y'alls help on this one! And in one photo is what looks like to me an aphid, but I have only seen green ones, are there red ones? So far I cut the worst branches off, handpicked any others, and inspected the others around them, they appear okay. I am guessing insecticidal soap will be my weapon of choice, but I would really like to know what they are. I took several photos hoping maybe one would be recognizable. Here's the buggers:
adding this also if anyone else is interested: cool pest id guide
I did find my red aphids on there, still don't know what the white/cream things are!