Friday, July 3, 2009

About those Aphids...

The tomatoes are under attack. Aphids. Everywhere.

Tips taken from the book: Bug Off - by Jerry Baker
ISBN 0-922433-48-8

I went in the house and pulled out this book by Jerry Baker. Mom gave it to me last year to mix something up special for those darn cucumber beetles. Apparently, aphids hatch in June. His first suggestion was to "pray for rain." No need for that. It's been pouring here for three days. Rain will wash a lot of the aphids off the plants. On further inspection in the rain yesterday, I found the darn things taking up residence on the underside of the leaves, so that meant moving on to stronger measures. ... the Great Guns Garlic Spray.

I mixed and used an entire spray bottle. We'll see how it works. It's still raining today. If it stops, I'll be heading out with the spray bottle again. He also has a few other suggestions like planting marigolds or nasturtiums on the perimeter of your garden. Aphids will flock to the flowers first then you can dig up the "plant traps" and destroy them.

The book is a great garden reference! I also saw a copy yesterday a the library.. check it out!!



11 comments:

dmoms said...

I have marigolds planted throughout my garden. I started that last year and it does seem to help keep the bugs away.

June said...

I have a gardening friend who cannot stand aphids (and what gardener does). I am sending her here to gird herself for pest battle! Onward!

b&g girl said...

i have black aphids this year...so far my tomato plant is being spared. but the earwigs!!! they are eating everything! i despise earwigs.

gardenmama said...

Ugh. Sorry to hear of your tiny invasion!
I like seeing that you are using a natural remedy, I usually plant marigolds alongside my veggies I have heard it deters certain animals as well! I have nasturtiums growing a plenty for a colorful addition to our salads. I had no idea they would also attract the aphids... Thanks for the book info. Good luck : )

Michelle said...

Man...my book Wishlist just keeps getting longer and longer and longer...I really need this one! The earwigs about did me in this year!

Elephant's Eye said...

if you give them a chance ladybirds will hoover up your aphids. You know a baby ladybird looks like a prehistoric caterpillar?

Camie said...

If it's not one thing, it's another. I'm anxious to hear how the garlic spray works. Would you send some of that rain our way?

Nancy said...

I've heard that marigolds ward off bugs. You are a wealth of information; never heard of the garlic spray. Hope you win this battle.

AnnF said...

You need to be careful with some of Jerry Baker's claims. (Pee is not a veg. garden additive!) With aphids a good blast from the hose can knock down the pests, until the ladybugs and the like can find them.

And a good book to grab from the library is The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why by Jeff Gillman - great book that gives you the science to choose which old advice is good.

Heather said...

Darn the aphids! I have been lucky so far but it is really only a matter of time! Good luck- I hope you conquer them quickly and easily!

Flo said...

I always grow lots of chives around the garden, as absolutely nothing attacks them and they keep all the pests away. But this year it doesn't seem to be working - so many aphids and not a single ladybird seen! I might have to try the garlic spray idea!