We’ve already spotted trouble with our two Golden Boy yellow pepper plants. Both developed small, then progressively larger holes, and now they’re developing these unhealthy-looking yellow patches on the leaves. None of these seem like good signs for things to come.
On Sunday afternoon, we also spotted what we identified as a Bean Leaf Beetle on the leaves of one of the two plants. A little Internet searching yielded that they love to make mincemeat of cowpeas, soybeans, beans and peas, none of which we have in our garden. But some sites referenced peppers and tomatoes as also being favorite foods for this little pest.
The problem? Apparently they don’t go away without pesticides, and Steve and I agree: if we wanted pesticides on our vegetables, we might as well just go buy them at the Hy-Vee. The goal here is to get these veggies raised with as few chemicals as possible.
So, to those more experienced gardeners out there, is there anything we can do to take care of these guys? Should we plant some flowers to attract predators? Pick these off by hand as we see them? Ignore this one and hope he’s not the forerunner of a whole clan?