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Aaaaargh! APHIDS
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Vixter
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Aphids everywhere, gobbling up the young brassicas and of course the broad beans. We have had them before, but never as bad as this year. 

I have tried several methods of getting rid of them, but they just keep coming back.

What do YOU use?

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Welcome on board, Vixter, and thanks for joining in. I will ask ze boss if she has any strategies.

Last year we did not have any aphid trouble because we had an explosion of ladybirds. I wonder if it will be the other way around this year? Doh

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Hi Vixter, welcome aboard!

I hate aphids too, they always seem to be a problem, not to mention just plain gross.

I found a recipe online for a homemade mix. I keep finding the same basic formula over and over again, so I think that I'm going to give it a go and see if it will help..... 

"A tomato leaf spray works because the alkaloids in the leaves of the tomato plant, when mixed with water, are toxic to the little buggies, but still safe for you and your plants."

One to two cups of tomato leaves

Four cups of water

A strainer or cheesecloth

Spray bottle

  1. Chop the tomato leaves
  2. Then, steep them in two cups of water overnight.
  3. Strain out the leaves with your strainer or cheesecloth.
  4. Add another two cups of water to the liquid you were left with.
  5. Put it in your spray bottle.
  6. Spray the stems and the foliage of your infested plant, particularly the underside.

 

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Wave Hello and welcome Vixter!  I think Michelle has found the perfect answer for you.  Do let us know if you try it and what the outcome was?

I'll try that again!

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Another suggestion for you garlic spray

http://www.greenchronicle.com/gardening/garlic_aph....._spray.htm

I just use to use just washing up liquid in some water but found that those leaves which are fuzzy, ie aubergines don't like it one bit. Managed to kill them off with the washing up liquid spray

Maybe you need some of our ladybirds, unfortunately I live in Latvia and ladybirds are a national insect, so they might not like me sending you any.Whistle

 

 

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Many thanks folks, a few good ideas there.

Nice to meet you!

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Simply wash the plant with an insecticidal soap

or spray it with a repellant, make sure you inspect it thoroughly for the presence of these insects. In addition, the pungent scent of the garlic repels some of the rose plant's worst pests, the aphids.

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Thanks for the ideas am now going to make the tomatoe one as Aphids horrid here in Devon.

Thanks again wave

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Wonder if the tomato one will work with small caterpillars too monster, I shall collect the leaves tonight and try it tomorrow.smug

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I was going to collect tomato leaves to use as a spray when I remembered that green potatoes contain alkaloids and you should not eat that as they are poisonous and so I don't think it will be a good idea to use as a spray on food crops. I think I am going back to the garlic spray idea.doh

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I have found a Wiki reference to the alkaloid in tomatoes, here.

 

Interesting, huh?

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Can you get hold of neem oil? We buy it in Bahrain from an Indian supplier but I have seen it suggested online so it must be about in Europe. It is amazing and so good for alsorts.

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