When we returned recently from holiday we found, as is to be expected at this time of year, a growth explosion in the glasshouses and polytunnel, and a most unwelcome population explosion of aphids. There are often one or two times in the year when aphids can become problematic. The first attack of the year… Continue reading The gardener’s best friend
I posted recently regarding blackfly on our broad beans. There I mentioned my expectation that our healthy population of ladybirds would soon assist in addressing this pest. However, we have not seen a single ladybird this year; not that we have been looking out for them, specifically, but we are usually inundated with them. I fear,… Continue reading Where are the ladybirds?
Blackfly has arrived on the outdoor broad beans. In typical fashion, there was no sign of them until, seemingly overnight, the hoards moved in and covered the top six inches or more of stem. Their arrival should not, however, cause a rush to spray with any nasty stuff as they are readily dealt with using simple organic… Continue reading Blackfly on the broad beans