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Something is Eating My Swiss Chard?

My young chard plants have holes in the leaves, about 1/4 inch in diameter. Could it be cutworms? Ho do I prevent them?

Hardiness Zone: 8a

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By Patty from Seattle, WA

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October 31, 20090 found this helpful

Soft-bodied insects (mites, aphids, mealybugs): Mix one tablespoon canola oil and a few drops of Ivory soap into a quart of water. Shake well and pour into a spray bottle. Spray plant from above down, and from below up to get the underside of the leaves. The oil smothers the insects.
Good luck.

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January 26, 20120 found this helpful

It could also be slugs or snails that munch at night, check to see if there is any slime trails. If so, it is those little beasts!

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