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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Aphid Attack

18 June 2009 20:09:33
Sweet Pepper

Sweet Pepper

I declared war on aphids today. Well, I at least made a declaration of enmity.

I bought more aphid spray - Bug Clear, to be precise. It is for use on food crops. There is another brand but it is much more dodgy - you need to leave a certain time lapse before re-spraying and you can only apply a certain number of times to the same food crop. I don't really have organic principals but I have four children and I'd like to keep it that way...

So, I sprayed, using Bug Clear, in the greenhouse. I then took all the potted veg outside and let them sit a few hours and then hosed them over to remove dead or sickly or live aphids. I did the courgettes twice right up close and personal. I cleaned the staging surface with soap before putting the pots back and gave the floor a hard sweep. I also sprayed in the greenhouse border. Now, this is very tricky because I can't get everywhere as it is so packed with leaves at this stage. But I did the best I could, although it will not be enough.

On a positive note, the Sweet Peppers are forming and you can see the biggest one in the photo. I even have my first Cape Gooseberry forming so that is also exciting. The Aubergines are grand bushy plants but no sign of flowers yet. Had courgettes for dinner again - yum, yum.


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J.D. J.D. 18 June 2009 20:21:26

you were a busy bee today, Rachel. Yea I had my courgettes today too, in a bolognese. Dont think I ever tasted them before. Strange taste, but I could get used to them.


J.D. J.D. 18 June 2009 20:22:12

My peppers are only the size of a pea. Long way to go yet.


Rachel Rachel 18 June 2009 20:23:34

Never had courgettes before - what sheltered life you've been living, girl! Courgettes fried with mince meat - my kids love it and so do I.


J.D. J.D. 18 June 2009 22:17:30

Well my kids (women,) didn't complain. Nor did they even remark on the extra taste in it. So they must have thought that they were ok. And kids are the best critics. As you probably know. Ha ha


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 19 June 2009 12:43:08

I am going to try the ladybirds from Mr. Middletons to control any pests in the garden, I dont like spraying because my dog is into everything and the results would be disastrous. apparently a ladybird can eat 10,000 aphids in its lifetime, hungry little critters arent they.


Rachel Rachel 19 June 2009 21:53:21

Left a note on your journal, Gismo. I am definitely looking into this. There must be a solution!


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