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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.

 

gardening ideas for small spaces

January 3, 2014 Filed under Gardening in small spaces

Here are some innovative ideas for you to try if you want to have a garden but have very little room.  Or even if you have plenty of room but want to create something different.

Linda Hancock suggests making garden boxes using old drawers. 

Or you could create a herb or vegetable garden on your deck using wooden crates

What about half barrels and old tin tubs

There’s actually no end to what you can use to grow your garden.  The limit is your imagination – and what’s available to you.

If its summer where you are, go hunting around your property or second hand shops for potential containers.  If its winter for you right now, then you can think about what you might find and use next summer.

Make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom and fill the container with a good garden or potting mix.  Then plant your seedlings and watch them grow.

 

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

Beer trap for snails

October 22, 2012 Filed under In the Garden

Once again my rengarenga lilies are being attacked by snails.  There’s a massive snail nursery in my patch.  So I was pleased to be reminded recently about a beer trap using a plastic soft drink bottle to catch these pesky snails.

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