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10/08/2012 at 20:12
a pest but a serious investation on a neighbours mint was beautiful, glittering all over
20/08/2012 at 15:18

Er right... so GW presenters spend much time teaching us how to attract bees to our garden and then the GW website tells us how to kill them with neonicotinoid insecticides. Does GW really think some guy with a pesticide sprayer is really going to carefully remove all flowers from the mint that he has sprayed when they open? Also the neonicotinoids are not only present in pollen and nectar but also in the plant's roots, leaves and stems, where they will continue to kill bees and beneficial organisms that are upwards from them in the food chain. The BBC should stop promoting pesticides.

Frankly, mint can look after itself. Slugs and snails are the big problem this year for the organic gardemer.

20/08/2012 at 15:25
Dusha wrote (see)

Er right... so GW presenters spend much time teaching us how to attract bees to our garden and then the GW website tells us how to kill them with neonicotinoid insecticides. Does GW really think some guy with a pesticide sprayer is really going to carefully remove all flowers from the mint that he has sprayed when they open? Also the neonicotinoids are not only present in pollen and nectar but also in the plant's roots, leaves and stems, where they will continue to kill bees and beneficial organisms that are upwards from them in the food chain. The BBC should stop promoting pesticides.

Frankly, mint can look after itself. Slugs and snails are the big problem this year for the organic gardemer.


You may or may not be aware that Monty Don on a programme pointed out that the only way to get rid of lily beetle was to squash them -this upset the pesticide industry because there are chemical preventatives

I don't think that the BBC are promoting pesticides in this article- just pointing out that this is an option

24/08/2012 at 22:07
So if your mint gets leaf beetle go and buy a jar from the shop and try again next year. Don't ingest the chemicals.
16/09/2015 at 11:44

Six weeks past, my healthy new tub plant of mint was stripped down to damaged, leggy stalks, which then died. The mint, small and prolific, is now regrowing from a healthy root system. Can anyone tell me what stripped the mint please? And how I can prevent it happening again. Thanks

 

12/01/2016 at 23:41
Could someone tell me if this is the same one I see from time to time. It is definitely brown bronze rather than green. It does seem to like nepeta but also I've seen it on other plants. It does not seem to do much harm but I remember a very similar one, they called japanese beetle got them into a tizzy.
13/01/2016 at 06:51

 Can you see it here ? http://www.uksafari.com/beetles.htm

 

Fortunately the Japanese beetle is still extremely rare in the UK https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_beetle

15/01/2016 at 23:45

Thank you Dove.  Don't see it there but I suppose it must be the green mint beetle.  I would say it was really brown bronze rather than green, even tho this is ireland!  My previous post should have said that the excitement over the japanese beetles was in Massachusetts 25 years ago.

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