Posted by jjj on August 22, 2002 at 14:04:23:
In Reply to: Mint posted by Paul on August 21, 2002 at 16:32:23:
: My mint plant is being attacked by something. The leaves are being chewed it seems to me. What might be causing this and what can I do to prevent it? Thanks in advance.
Im suprised that something is attacking your mint, most things do not like that plant. It is also very hard to control insects on herbs, since you eat the leaves you won't want to use and systemic or leaf contact chemicals.
Is it eating so much of it that there is not enough left for you? or is it just a nuicence? I find that the things that eat my herbs usually dont destroy the entire crop so I don't bother with them (other than dill worms; which I pick off by hand).
If you cannot see whats eating it, you could always trying covering it up with a row cover, this should keep flying insects out, and may help you determine exactly what is affecting your mint.
You could start drying it for winter use already too. The mint will grow back after you cut it, and by that time the insects may have already moved on to something else.