Posted: 31/05/2014 at 14:08
Keith, at the moment I am trying a “garlic remedy” against aphids that I read about on the internet. I acknowledge that your aphid infestation is too great for you to contemplate spraying. However, the following may be ok once your ladybirds have got the problem under control. Also good for when it is not “ladybird season”
It is also a method of aphid control that I shall use on my indoor plants. Being an ugly bloke, there is no woman around to complain about the garlic odour in the house.
Method:One complete medium sized garlic bulb. Remove the skin/peel from all the cloves (segments), and chop them all up as if you were going to use them on a sandwich-so not too tiny. Put them in a medium sized saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 6 or 7 minutes. Allow to cool.
Using a 4 inch dia mesh sieve (40p from Wilkos) and a similar sized funnel, pour the cooled garlic liquid into a suitable container. Fill a spray container with the liquid when you are ready, and off you go
Note 1 Save the garlic pieces from the pan, and scatter around the base of plants that are worst affected.
Note 2: Aphids dislike being near Nasturiums or Chives. It is helpful to grow these in the vicinity of the aphid problem. (A spray made up from Nasturiums & chives may also prove beneficial).