Q.Spots of Mildew on Pumpkin Leaves
This is the first time I ever grew pumpkins and they are really growing big. But now I see white patches on the green leaves. It looks like it’s taking the color out of the leaves. Then there are little tiny black bugs, the smallest I have ever seen. When you go to get them off the leaves, they jump. They were also on my eggplants, and I had to get rid of them. They suck the water out of the leaves. I need a home cure cause I really want my pumpkins.
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The white residue is powdery mildew. There is a product called Green Cure that gets rid of powdery mildew. You can normally find it online. Here is an article or two that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/powdery-mildew-homemade-and-organic-remedies.htm
Those jumping bugs could be aphids or flea beetles. Treat the plant with an insecticide like neem oil, which is organic and safe for people and pets. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm