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
If you can't be a shining example, be a terrible warning!
Another suggestion for you garlic spray
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.
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.
CEO of Herb Gardening Guide
The Australian Guide to Herb Gardening
Wonder if the tomato one will work with small caterpillars too , I shall collect the leaves tonight and try it tomorrow.
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.
I have found a Wiki reference to the alkaloid in tomatoes, here.
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