Posted: 24/06/2015 at 10:57
Here is second part of info re treatments for plants without chemicals:-
Plants used as macerations/decoctions or purins:
Wormwood - strongest insecticide wear gloves during preperation as Decoction. (We would say Infusion) - Used against Cabbage white butterflies/aphids & greenfly
Tomato Leaves - Very strong insecticide use as Purin to spray against ants/moths on leeks/Cabbage white butterfly/mosquitos
Tagetes - Stronger than insecticide use as decoction (Infusion) Spray tomatoes against whitefly and cabbage family against caterpillars
Santolina - Insecticide use as Decoction (Infusion) Spray Fruit trees/potager and roses against red & white spider aphids and caterpillars.
Rue - Stronger than insecticide wear gloves during preperation as Purin against slugs/weevils/aphids.
Chillies - Maceration for use against red spider and whitefly plus aphids
Turnips - Insecticide use leaves only as Decoction (Infusion) spray around tomatoes (not on leaves) against whitefly and aphids.
Lavender - Stronger than insecticide use flowers and stalks as Purin against ants/aphids/greenfly
Bracken - Insecticide use as Purin and spray all plants against slugs/snails/click beetles/vine beetle & aphids
Begonias -Stronger than insecticide use leaves only in maceration on all plants against slugs and aphids.
Rhubarb - Stronger than insecticide use leaves only as decoction (Infusion) Spray Ornamental shrubs and roses against greenfly/Snail and slug larvae and caterpillars.
Ivy - Insecticide as a purin use against greenfly & Aphids on Fruit Trees
ONLY ONE POINT to bear in mind, these concoctions are used as insecticides and they do not differentiate between good and bad insects, so target pests carefully. So much to absorb in this biodynamic list of info. At least it means that we don't have to throw spent leaves on the compost heap all the time. There are other uses! I'm surprised to find that you can use Broom/Cabbage/Wild Sorrel/Dandelions/Meadowsweet & Silver Birch leaves for all sorts of things. Precise recipes available.
Do let me have your comments. Have just pottered round the Potager with a much needed cup of coffee and am thrilled with transplanted beans/courgettes/cucumbers & tomatoes from yesterday. Before Lunar Trials I used to find that transplants looked a bit limp the 1st day and appear to struggle to meet new environment from pot to soil. Is it because I chose Fruit Days as instructed I wonder.
All thoughts please welcome.