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    Aphids-you learn something new......

    Dib's
    Fri May 17, 2013 12:15 pm
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    I had aphids on my Pinata Rose Buds.

    Had.

    I went on line because I saw a recipe on pinterest and I wanted to give it a go. To a normal size squirt bottle I added 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon epsom salt. The epsom salt was my addition because I have learned roses like a small amount misted on their leaves.

    Anyway.......

    I tried it this morning. Not an aphid to be found, however there's a S* load of black ants.

    Back on line I went.

    Here's the interesting part. Ant's herd aphids. They herd them up the plant, and when the aphid is good and fat they "milk" them.

    I know!!!!!

    Right now there's a ton of ants on 2 rose bushes searching out breakfast. Sorry about their bad luck icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif

    Here's another tip. I have a ton of weeds in my front flower bed and I'm sick of it. I filled another spray bottle with white vinegar and grabbed a big piece of cardboard.

    Any plant I didn't want to get touched by the vinegar I protected with the cardboard and just sprayed away. I did that at 7 this morning.
    All the weeds are dead. I know I have to repeat this in a few days but hey, it worked!
    Since I'm not dumping gallons into the bed I don't have to worry about killing my other plants.

    Got any gardening tips?
    HalfBakedCappy
    Fri May 17, 2013 1:02 pm
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    Any plant I didn't want to get touched by the vinegar I protected with the cardboard and just sprayed away. I did that at 7 this morning.
    All the weeds are dead. I know I have to repeat this in a few days but hey, it worked!
    Since I'm not dumping gallons into the bed I don't have to worry about killing my other plants.

    Got any gardening tips?[/quote]

    Di, do you think the vinegar would work on just grass that seems to get in all flower beds?
    Dib's
    Fri May 17, 2013 1:10 pm
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    It seems to be. I sprayed a few patches and it's dead, except for the water grass.
    Zeldaz
    Fri May 17, 2013 2:22 pm
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    I just use a strong blast from the hose for aphids. Works every time. That, plus getting rid of the ants that farm them.
    Okra
    Sat May 18, 2013 7:42 am
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    I had what I think were aphids on my potted parsley. Sprayed well with a tiny bit of dish soap in water and it took care of them.

    I'll have to try the vinegar treatment in my flower bed...I have lots of grass growing in there. Online, mulch was suggested but after having a terrible time with earwigs a few years ago, I don't think I want to do the mulch thing since earwigs love that sort of environment.
    Dib's
    Sat May 18, 2013 8:31 am
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    Okra wrote:
    I had what I think were aphids on my potted parsley. Sprayed well with a tiny bit of dish soap in water and it took care of them.

    I'll have to try the vinegar treatment in my flower bed...I have lots of grass growing in there. Online, mulch was suggested but after having a terrible time with earwigs a few years ago, I don't think I want to do the mulch thing since earwigs love that sort of environment.


    Vinegar is an equal opp killer so use a piece of cardboard or something to protect what you want to keep.

    All my flowers look fine this morning-all the weeds are dead. I did read that even when you water the vinegar wont hurt the root systems of wanted plants.

    I can't stand earwigs!!!!!
    Okra
    Sat May 18, 2013 9:41 am
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    Dib's wrote:


    All my flowers look fine this morning-all the weeds are dead. I did read that even when you water the vinegar wont hurt the root systems of wanted plants.

    I can't stand earwigs!!!!!


    Thanks, Dibs. On my way outside now to do the vinegar spray.

    Earwigs...I had never seen one before and suddenly I had an invasion of them...even finding several a day in my house. They creep me out something terrible...so doggone ugly! Finally managed to get rid of them but it took a couple of summers to do it.
    Connie Lea
    Sat May 18, 2013 9:53 am
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    Thanks Dibs - I'm off to the asparagus and rhubarb patch with a huge spray bottle of vinegar. Just pulled weeds in the flower bed, but as soon as they come back (which I know they will), I'll give them a dose of vinegar too.
    Zeldaz
    Sat May 18, 2013 10:20 am
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    I wouldn't go too crazy with the vinegar. It will acidify the soil instantly and kill some beneficial microbes. Try to target carefully.
    There is also such a thing as agricultural vinegar, which is stronger than the household stuff, up to 20% acidity.
    Pot Scrubber
    Sat May 18, 2013 5:24 pm
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    When in AZ I lived near cotton fields and in Aug the aphids would swarm like a biblical plague. You couldn't breathe without inhaling a lung full of bugs.

    Put about 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap in a garden sprayer like the kind Miracle Gro sells that attaches to the end of your hose and spray your plants. I used that eco friendly tip for 10 years and it works like a charm but you have to repeat it a couple times a week when the aphids are at their worst.
    Dib's
    Sun May 19, 2013 1:17 pm
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    Follow-up.

    Roses are still clear. Not a aphid in site and no ants either.

    Where I sprayed the vinegar the weeds are dead. I watered last night and this morning no root damage to any of the plants around where I sprayed, and the cardboard shield worked.

    Vinegar does not work on water grass-don't waste your time, just hunker down and pull.

    Sprayed, not dumped icon_wink.gif
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