November 16, 2019
Leaf miner larvae were infesting the Swiss chard I was trying to grow in the FECO raised beds. They ruined the leaves, inserting themselves between skins of the leaf blades and laying their itty-bitty eggs on the backs.
“What to do?” I asked Sue Hartman, who had helped me plant the seeds in April. “Cover the
Swiss chard with Reemay, a light cloth that lets air and water in,” she said, and showed me how to do it:
First, cut off all and destroy all the infected leaves. I lost about 1/3 of them.
Second, find five one-inch bamboo posts, four of the same length, and one slightly longer for the middle of the plot.
Drive holes into the four corners of the plot, and one into the center of the plot to hold the poles.
Cut the Reemay generously and carefully lay it over the protected stakes.
Trim the Reemay where it gathers over the corners and apply two two-inch binder clips at each corner.
Set stones on the edges of the plot, so the Reemay won’t blow off. Presto: A leaf-miner-proof-plot!
P.S. For more information on leaf miners, visit this website: