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Aphids
Thu 18-Mar-10
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jackie d
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Every autumn I bring in some herbs to put on my windowsill and every year the parsley and chives end up infested with aphids. The basil usually remains pest free but not this time, I tried two separate plants, one other the other, but both of them became infected. I don't want to spray them with chemicals, has anyone got any ideas? 

Thu 18-Mar-10
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Do you mean that you bring them in from the garden to overwinter indoors?

I'll try that again!

Thu 18-Mar-10
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The parsley and chives come in from the garden but the basil came from Tescos as it never seems to grow well from seed for me.

Fri 19-Mar-10
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I had a similar problem when I brought some chilli plants in from the cold. I tried using a spray made from garlic,soap and chilli which killed off a lot of the aphids, but they came back again. I might have missed a few hiding on the underside of leaves or something like that.

I can't remember the exact recipe I used but it was something like this one.

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Fri 19-Mar-10
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You could try washing them- tip the pot up and wash the plants with a shower spray- I've found that quite sucessful in the past. Also, now it is a bit warmer outside put them out in the rain- has the same effect, knocks the little blighters off. Change the top layer of soil too as they lurk in there.

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Mon 22-Mar-10
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Thank you for your ideas, I have tried washing them in soapy water before but will definitely try the garlic and chilli next time. I hadnt thought of them living in the soil, thats probably why they keep coming back.

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