It’s nearly the end of May, and garden pests and diseases are rife!
Red Lily Beetle (pictured above):
A crafty blighter – you go to pick it off your prized lily and it drops to the ground invisible! They land upside down blending into the soil,perfect camouflage! The answer is to out smart them, place a hand with a piece of paper towel under the leaves, tap the plant and catch them. Don’t forget the ones that hide in the growing tip of the plant. I’m sorry but the best way to eradicate them is to place on the path and use your shoe.
Greenfly/ Black fly or Aphids:
Plenty around to say the least. Please don’t spray insecticides willy nilly. Masses of birds and insects feed on them. All the Tit family-blue, great, coal, long-
I watched bumblebees climbing into curled up leaves on my cordon apple trees, they were sucking the sap ingested by the aphids – this is mainly sugars and water, which are excreted as a sticky substance called honeydew. This was something I hadn’t seen before! Ladybirds and their grubs love eating aphids as well as lacewing larvae.
Organic insecticides based on fatty acids,rape seed oil or based on pyrethrum work on the aphids.
Slugs and Snails:
The perennial problem. Let me know what works for you. Do you leave them for hedgehogs, frogs and toads? Do you use soot, copper tape, salt, beer traps, slug gone, sluggo, slug pellets, pick them up and put them in a bucket or nematodes?
The best way is prevention. Covering your valuable seedlings with fine netting called enviromesh. This prevents cabbage white butterflies, moths and beetles getting at your plants.
What other bugs are troubling you? Vine weevil?
Let me know, by leaving me a comment below ….
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