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Dreaded thrips

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 21:28

http://www.greengardener.co.uk/product.asp?id_pc=13&cat=25&id_product=193

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 21:20

Hostafan- I had a verbena B years ago, but haven't planted one since - will definitely get one this year now, as I'd love to see them feeding from that!

Alan- could be where you love is too cold? I read on the rspb site (nerd) that although goldfinches are uk natives, they can migrate to Southern Europe in winter if it's too cold over here. I'm in London, where bar a few cold snaps, it has been a mild winter again.

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 21:16

Brilliant photo One! I'll try and get a shot of my little visitors too.

bit about buying Nyger seed and the goldfinches promptly abandoning ship made me laugh so much I nearly dropped my tea 

 My husband has been teasing me all evening, saying I'm just a Greek mamma, wanting to feed the world and even extending it to buying specialist seed, cheeky sod.

i think that after reading all your comments, I shall stick with my Gardman sunflower hearts. Whoever said the finches know a good thing when they see one, was right! 

Also trye that husk less seeds like the ones I'm using, are really less messy and attract fewer unwanted guests too.

i know they ain't cheap (pardon the pun), but these little beauties, all of them, are a bit like pets to me now 

Dreaded thrips

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 19:32

Also wonder if there's anything else I should be doing now, in winter, to ensure any thrip eggs overwintering are nuked?

Dreaded thrips

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 19:30

Hi Bob, yes I use SB with good results against RSM - as Bob says, Edd, SB is a miracle foliar feed that acts additionally by sticking down the mites (works well fir aphid attacks too). I was wondering though Bob- do you happen to know if SB interferes with the mites' movements as well? Maybe I should spray to control thrips, but not spray once I have introduced the mites...

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 17:22
Neither had I before now Hosta- they are so pretty and I love the sound they make. How exactly do they like verbena Bon.? Do they eat the seeds?! I'm intrigued!
1 of 7- I suspect your suspicion about extortionate price hoiking is accurate- otherwise know as Ooh Here's A Gullible Gardener Who Loves Birds Let's Lure Them Into Thinking These Wild Birds Need Special Seed

Sternbergia Autumn. daffodils

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 16:23

Dreaded thrips

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 16:20

Ugh.

Impressive but, as you say, not cheap and out of my range too. I didn't even know you could get them non-comercially.

Edd, do you happen to know if the various predatory mites are themselves affected negatively by that SB Invigorator Spray, at all? In case you don't know it, it's an organic, natural and totally safe spray that Ive been using with great results. Controls red spider mite and many other pests, even thrips, when there aren't too many already.

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 14:22

Thanks pansy - the sunflower hearts I give them are no-mess, husk less ones and even so, they make quite a mess...but other birds eat the rest, so its fine.

Good analogy by the way 

Funnily enough, the goldfinches visiting us don't squabble or flee - they sit for up to a minute a a time, on the wire surrounding perch and eat fairly methodically until they are fit to burst, it seems!

Dreaded thrips

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 13:52

Thanks Edd. 

I also tried the mites (which apparently work on red spider mite larvae too), and had no luck with them. It was summer and warm enough, I think. 

The only nematodes I ever found to use were the type you have to spray directly onto the adults. Never heard of the type you mention, which live in soil...will have a look! So, in theory, if you get all the pupae in time, you ought to be able to eliminate the next generation before it hatches. In an ideal word 

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