Leaf miner in the Garden…

Hello again, sometimes living life keeps us so busy that time slips by and we find ourselves waiting to exhale.  To shed off the work clothes and pull on comfy relaxing clothing and wander through the garden and take a moment to just enjoy the peacefulness that being there brings.  

The garden is pretty much able to self sustain it’s self,  but every once in a while something happens.  I was weeding  and came across two columbine plants that were showing signs of leaf miner damage.  Columbine is known to have a leaf miner problem.  The leaf miner is actually the larvae from sawflies, moth or beetles.  Regardless the leafs are very easy to spot.  The first line of defense is to pick off all the leaves and watch to see it that handles the problem.  If that doesn’t resolve the pest, the next line of defense will be to use neem oil.  Which comes from the pressed fruit and seeds of neem evergreen tree.garden pics 001

The interesting thing is that if you look the to where the trail ends the dark spot is the intruder.  Yes, as pest go, this one is one that is more unsightly because of the tunneling between the inside of the leaf.  The leaves need to be removed and disposed, not allowed to stay in the garden bed, which could create new problems next spring. .   Until later, El

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