View from the back door.
Summer harvest of heirloom tomatoes and italian basil.
Salad fixings, from the garden.
misadventured-piteous-overthrows said: Hi! I was wondering if you knew of any organic solutions to an aphid infestation. All of my indoor plants are just covered with them and I tried an organic spray (veggie oil, water and dish soap) and it ended up burning my plant's leaves and killing only most of the aphids. Any and all ideas are appreciated! Thanks!
I have been there friend! Those little bastards are born pregnant, and a small problem can quickly become a catastrophe.
First things first, here is a shopping list for you:
- Neem Oil: this is a cheap, natural insecticide that is extremely effective. It’s derived from a tree of the same name. Bonus: you can use it as a skin remedy.
- Live Ladybugs/Nematodes/Green Lacewing: release a few of these onto your plants, and then release them into the wild in the summertime. If you keep them cool in the fridge they will remain dormant.
- Bananas: go eat some bananas, and bury the shredded peels in the soil. Aphids are repelled by it for some reason: bonus potassium and compost for your plants.
- Aluminum foil: cover the soil in aluminum foil in order to reflect light under the leaves, repelling aphids
- A few potted chive plants: aphids are repelled by the smells of alliums (onions). Place potted chive plants near your houseplants. You get bonus tasty herbs to cook with.
- Garlic: start sprouting some garlic scapes in a dish with water near your houseplants: same idea as the chives, and also includes bonus tasty food for you.
- Mint: aphids also hate mint. Get yourself a nice Moroccan mint plant, or a pungent spearmint plant, and put it near your houseplants.
- Lemons: make a spray with 1/3 lemon juice and some shredded peel: this is a little more gentle than vinegar, and will kill them on contact.
- Yellow container with water: aphids love yellow things, so partially fill a yellow container with soapy water and hopefully they will make like lemmings right into your trap
- Chilli oil: I make an oil extract with Ghost peppers: they do not like that one bit.
- If you have this problem outdoors in the summer, grow sunflowers. Ants herd aphids up sunflowers and keep them off of other plants: the sunflowers don’t seem to care. paintedgoat has some sunflower seeds up for swap over at biodiverseed.
A few of these methods, applied at once, should completely eliminate your problem! As gross as it is, also try manually squishing them. They also release a chemical when there is a mass die-off letting others know it’s not a great place to stay. I hope you are able to save your plant friends!
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Discover which heirloom watermelon varieties to grow in your garden.
By William Woys Weaver
Heirloom Vegetable Gardening by William Woys Weaver is the culmination of some thirty years of first-hand knowledge of growing, tasting and cooking with heirloom vegetables. A staunch supporter of organic gardening techniques, Will Weaver has grown every one of the featured 280 varieties of vegetables, and he walks the novice gardener through the basics of planting, growing and seed saving. Sprinkled throughout the gardening advice are old-fashioned recipes — such as Parsnip Cake, Artichoke Pie and Pepper Wine — that highlight the flavor of these vegetables. The following excerpt on heirloom watermelon varieties was taken from chapter 39, “Watermelons.”
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When gardeners see their favorite lettuce start to bolt, it usually means it’s time to pull it and start over with another planting, but if your favorite lettuce happens to be an open pollinated variety, it can also mean it’s time to replenish your lettuce seed supply! (click to read full post)
Your “click to read full post” link is a dud friend =/ it doesn’t work *corrects it*
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