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Our garden is blooming like crazy! Over the last few weeks, we’ve been harvesting Mizuna, Asian Greens, Romaine, Green Beans, Beets and Zucchini! We’ve had a few pest problems…and a few solutions.
First, we found a quick and easy aphid solution. Simply mix one part each molasses, soy sauce and vegetable oil, and put into a clean tuna can or other DISPOSABLE container (unless you like reusing a watery aphid graveyard). Put out at night, find dozens dead in the morning. We noticed a dramatic reduction in our damaged plants almost immediately, and have been practically aphid-free for weeks!
Additionally, we planted the Good Bug Blend when we started our garden, and found a surprise guest on our Asian Greens last night: lady beetles.
More to the point, we found dozens. These aren’t lady bugs, mind you—more like their big cousins who’ve spent some time working out. Nevertheless, proof that the mix works!
More to come as the season progresses…
Brown Thumb Mama Says:
Jul 22nd, 2009 at 8:48 am
Thanks for the tip! I have a kazillion aphids on my watermelons and the ladybugs can’t keep up. They’re going to need ladybug Tums they’ve been eating so many aphids.
Andrew @ Peaceful Valley Says:
Jul 22nd, 2009 at 10:43 am
Great Picture! Great post!!