Posted: 13/07/2013 at 16:03
I think I've mentioned this on another thread, but I haven't seen a single ladybird this year. Got excited a couple of times, but they were s***ing lily beetles. The only thing that's had a few probs with blackfly has been the philadelphus, and I've sort of kept them at bay with soft soap spray. I do have a lot of self seeded nasturtiums rambling round the beans etc, to act as sacrificial magnets for blackfly, but am seriously considering buying some ladybirds.
I don't use chemicals...well today I did. The kitchen sink drain blocked, and in the heat I just couldn't face degunking the smelly ubend by hand!