Holes in greens

Asked June 10, 2019, 9:11 PM EDT

Hello, I’m getting some holes in my kale and lettuce leaves. I’m not seeing any bugs on them so I’m not sure what’s happening. Some of my volunteer pole beans have holes as well but I’m not sure if it’s from the same thing. Could you please tell me what might be going on with the greens?

Ramsey County Minnesota

3 Responses

The small holes look like insect feeding. Insects can feed late in the day, early morning etc. or other times when you aren’t in your garden. The rips look like hail damage or very heavy rain. You might have gotten a little hail last week.

Is there any way to deter the insects?

IT is very difficult to deter insects without knowing what they are and finding insect killers for food crops is a challenge. The small holes won't affect health or flavor. If the damage is from slugs, slug bait is non toxic and can be put on the gound.