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Getting rid of aphids on roses

September 29, 2014 Filed under Soul food

Aphids are tiny green insects that love the soft new growth on rose bushes.  They tend to cluster around the new buds and chew away the flower bud and stem.

Before they spread too much you can remove them by squashing them between your finger and thumb.

Or spray them with a hose to wash them off.  You will need a hose nozzle that gives a strong spray. Do this every day for up to a week till the aphids are washed off the soil (or been dealt to by the good garden insects).

You can also make an organic spray with:

2 drops of dish washing detergent
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cooking oil of any kind
1 teaspoon salt

  1. Put all items in a 24 oz. S(700ml) spray bottle.
  2. Fill spray bottle with cold water.
  3. Spray the aphids.

Enjoy your aphid free roses.


Roses – organic control of black spot and powdery mildew

April 25, 2013 Filed under Soul food

Baking soda is a godsend in the kitchen and laundry but is less well known as an organic control of rose diseases, especially powdery mildew and black spot.  Try this baking soda spray on your roses.  Read more

Roses – pre-pruning tips

June 17, 2012 Filed under Soul food

If you are fond of your roses, now is a good time to give them their first haircut before the serious prune in July. Cut back your standard and bush roses by half, getting rid of dead and thin branches and tidy your climbing roses too. Then spray with lime sulphur which will get rid of the remaining leaves and reduce the disease and pest problems for the coming summer. (Make sure you clear away all the prunings and be careful not to spray evergreen plants in the vicinity of your roses.)





Contributed by Ann Davis of Reikorangi at Annies Gardens

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