Which organic pesticide do you recommend for lettuce?
I am growing lettuce in my garden and it is being attacked!!!!
When I have to use it, I use pure neem oil. Just make sure to rinse well before actually eating it. You can also dust it with diatomaceous earth (food-grade). It washes away in the rain though. What is attacking your lettuce?
When I use the neem, I water the plants to knock the bugs off and then I spray the soil around the plants with neem. It coats the bugs without getting my butterflies and honeybees. I rarely even put it ON the plants. Except when the dang caterpillars decided to munch my broccoli! They got sprayed, lol.
There are organic pesticides that contain pepper as an active component. It you use this source as a pesticide be sure to allow time for the pepper to dissipate somewhat, or flush the lettuce with water before handling with your hands (pepper can burn your skin), and do not get it in your eyes.
Also, I concur with IsadoraPandora, in the use of neem. Neem is a wonderful oil that does not need t be used full strength for this purpose. Ask Isadora to share with you, her method for mixing up the Neem oil and water spray. She is an excellent teacher from what I notice from reading her hubs.
Good luck growing your lettuce.
@Isadora @Dr Haddox thanks for your input, I have no clue as to what is attacking my lettuce, but all the leaves have little white circles on them, and they are becoming wrinkled and rough instead of smooth and firm, as they used to be in their healthy form.
I had never heard of neem oil before, I just looked it up in the internet and I don't even know where to begin looking for it! I might try pepper in the mean time.
I agree that neem oil is a good option since it works against both insect pests and fungal diseases. You should be able to get it at most garden centers although products may have several different names. The active ingredient should be Neem oil (70%) Your description of the problem as all-over white cicles and rough, wrinkled leaves sounds like the early symptoms of mildew. If it is mildew and not insect damage, another great organic option is a new product called "Serenade."
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