Basil Plants

Will Water and Vinegar Help Get Rid of Bugs Eating My Plants

bearvalleyskier added on June 1, 2011 | Answered

My basil and bell pepper plants keep getting eaten by something and I would like to not use pesticides. The bell peppers get a white egg on the bottom on the leaf and the basil plant just gets eaten. Can you help me? What can I use to keep them from being eaten? Also, my celery plant has a fungus, I think. It's yellow and only on the leaves. What is that and what can I do to get rid of that?

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Answered on June 4, 2011

Do not use vinegar on your plants. This will kill them.

Here are some insecticide recipes that you can use:

For the celery, it is likely too warm for them. They are a tough plant to grow. Heavy mulching around the base and lots of water may help.

It sounds like you may also have slugs (on the basil - their favorite). This article will help with that:

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