Tips for Home and Garden

Black Apids

Aphids pierce and suck the young shoots and buds of plants, feeding on the sap and stunting their growth. Aphids, unlike the Helix tosta example with snails and slugs, cannot be repelled by potentised aphid. So, here are other suggestions you can follow:

How to control black aphids without inscetides

Cimicifuga 30c

Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Snake-root). This remedy is usually used in a 30c potency, instead of the lower 6c. Studies have shown that one spray can make an huge difference.

In homeopathy it has a wide action upon the cerebrospinal and muscular system, as well as upon the uterus and ovaries. its muscular and cramping pains, primarily of neurotic origin, occurring in nearly every part of the body, are characteristic.

Ladybug eats aphids

Coccinella septempunctata 6c

The ladybug or ladybird was discovered to be a potentised aphid predator, the ladybird, is an effective deterrent.

Good and prolonged results are usually obtained with just one spray — occasionally a second spraying may be required, but care should be taken not to apply it more often than is needed as unnecessary applications will have the opposite effect and encourage infestation of the aphid insect.


Make Your Own Aphid Spray

Spray Silicea to help avoid transplant shock.

Step 1. Put 2 pellets/pills of the chosen remedy into 1 liter (4 1/2 cups) of distilled or purified water (you can recycle an empty plastic bottle for this). Succuss this bottle 50 times. That means, strike the bottom of the bottle straight up and down, hitting the bottom of it firmly on a padded surface. This liter of the remedy will make many bottles (about 15 liters) of spray.

Step 2. To make your spray solution put 3 Tablespoons from the remedy bottle you've made into an empty 1 liter bottle, then fill the bottle up with water. This 2nd dilution is what you will use to spray around the plants. To make additional bottles just repeat Step 2. above.

Note: Discard any unused spray, because it won't remain potent for future applications.

Storage

Store pills and liquid away from light, moisture, and high temperatures (normal household temperatures are fine). Close range mobile phone and microwave oven emissions have been shown to affect homeopathic remedies. Avoid handling pills unnecessarily – tip one pill from the vial into the cap and then into the bottle.

The medicinal properties may last as long as 4 weeks with great results, even in heavy rain.

Companion Planting…

The following can be very helpful in keeping aphids away from your plants. For example:

  1. Aphids are repelled by catnip.
  2. Aphids are especially attracted to mustard and nasturtium. You can plant these near more valuable plants as traps for the aphids.
  3. Nasturtiums spoil the taste of fruit tree sap for aphids and will help keep aphids off broccoli.
  4. Garlic and chives repel aphids when planted close to lettuce, peas, or rose bushes.

How to Prevent Apids…

You can purchase beneficial insects, such as lady beetles, lacewings, and parasitic wasps, which will feed on aphids. These are usually ordered via email. They should keep the aphid populations controlled.

Check back… in our up coming organic gardening tips we'll be telling you how to affordably and safely treat plant diseases, detour pests, richen the soil, increase your fruit, vegetable and flower yield, all in an Eco-safe manner, using homeopathy.



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