Terry's First Veggie Garden Attempt Going Wrong

Asked July 2, 2015, 9:28 AM EDT

My 3 of 5 pepper plants are dying, the other two are about a foot tall with one green pepper each the size of a golf ball.The failing peppers are red and yellow (see photos). I also have a couple of tomato plants that seem to be now wilting,they are about two feet tall. One of my bush bean plants has holes in its leaves,it only a foot high. These plants were put in the ground about 6 weeks ago

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Pepper plant - Looks like the pepper was subject to some feeding damage and chewing. Also, looks like the foliage was affected by bacterial leaf spot, a pepper disease. Pick off and dispose of badly infected leaves and consider applying a fixed copper liquid fungicide if the symptoms progress. See more on our vegetable website http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetables/diseases-vegetables

Tomato - It is normal for the lower leaves on a tomato plant to yellow and drop as the plant ages. We do not notice a wilt. Some reasons for wilt include overwatering, underwatering, are they located in the vicinity of a black walnut tree, and possible wilt diseases. See our publication on tomatoes for symptoms and causes http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG56%20IPM%20Tomatoe...

Beans - The sizeable holes in the bean leaves may have been made by leaf feeding beetles which are night feeders and there is no need to treat. . We also notice possible feeding by the mexican bean beetle, a common pest of beans. Look for signs of this beetle. See more on mexican bean beetle for monitoring and control
http://extension.umd.edu/growit/insects/mexican-bean-beetle
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