Leila Rich wrote:Is it being eaten to the extent that it's harming the plants? I find lettuce can handle a fair amount of damage.
Try and ID the eater. Big holes? Small? Poos? Slime trails? Caught an actual critter?
I'd be very, very wary of using anything that's designed to kill stuff. 'Organic' is not an indicator of safety.
Leila Rich wrote:
I agree that healthy soil/healthy plants=few problems, but things that are important for soil/plants like mulch and lots of soil organic matter, in my climate make slugs and snails really happy and I have to keep on top of the population.
When I first started my garden, I had aphids and shield bugs, but I never see aphds anymore and I know that juvenile shield bugs are NOT ladybugs and must die!
I think aphids are a really good indicator of stressed plants. I've seen a big, healthy cabbage with none at all and right next door a stunted specimen covered in aphids. The stunted plant pretty much always has an underdeveloped root system.
Lack of water's a major stressor and a good mulch really helps.
Ray, are they just 'standard' aphids on your trees? I've only ever seen trees with wooly aphids. Aside from the "enough water, mulch and healthy soil" thing, aphids are eay to get knock off the plant with a strong jet of water, apparently they don't climb back up.
Thelma McGowan wrote:I make a tea too...but it is more like a repelant........I make a tea with hot pepper flakes and dislove a small chunks of ivory soap in water so it is liquid. Mix the pepper tea and the soap liquid and spray. I used this on my cabages and lettuces etc....it keeps the slugs and critters away. I was able to keep my cabbages fairly pest free and the lettuce actually got a chance to grow up. I also sprayed my tomatoes when they got some little black aphid things and it seemed to work. you do have to respray after rain and every 2-3 days...it doesn't hurt the plants
Slugs hate the spray!