My garden is plagued by pests and diseases. The latest victim is my beautiful Agave which is over twelve years old so I am hopping from foot-to-foot wondering what to do. When we are sick we go to the doctor, when animals are sick we take them to the vet… but where to go for advice on poorly plants? I search the net. Yellow leaves: Too much water, not enough water, nutrient deficient etc. etc. but which? As for the bugs, if they are not eating my plants they are eating me.
For my previous Six on Saturday I shared the best of my garden, but remove the rose-tinted spectacles of gardening on the west coast of Portugal, and I present you with just some of the challenges I face. Can any of my fellow gardeners offer any suggestions to rectify these problems?
Sickly Agave – Insect or Disease?
I first noticed lesions to the leaves a couple of months ago but so far I’ve not been able to identify the problem.
If anyone has ANY suggestions I would be grateful.
2. Queen of the Night – Is this my fault?
The leaves on the Queen of the Night succulent were turning yellow so after some research, I decided it needed nitrogen so I obliged. I think the problem now is over-fertilization. What do you think?
3. White patches on leaves
I thought at first it was scorching… but now I am not so sure. See cucumbers below.
4. Stunted Cauliflowers
The cauliflower seed plugs were planted on the 6th of February. Over three months later and I am left with…
The cauliflower florets were starting to turn to flowers so I was left with no choice but to harvest them. Where do I go wrong?
5. Black Spots on Aloe Vera Leaves
I don’t have the first idea what’s caused this other than I wonder if it’s an airborne virus?
6. Mystery Problem with Pea Leaves
Again unsure if this is an airborne virus, thrips or? Any suggestions, please?
That’s it for this week.
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ETA: I like to end on a positive note so here is a picture of one of my container-grown strawberries.