We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
They say that fully healthy roses cannot be harmed by aphid infestations, and that may be true. However, we do not live in an ideal world, and it makes no sense to go out on strike until it appears.
We have abundant Rose Aphids this spring, but haven't seen them for the past few years.
We mix liquid dish soap at the rate of 1 tbsp/gallon in spray bottles, and spray the roses, especially their succulent tips, with it. Dead aphids by the thousands, without poisoning anything else. The surfactant suffocates the buggers. I brush off any Ladybugs first.
Mrs. BD claims that she is waterboarding them to death.
One treatment ought to do it. Best done before the first bloom. Had to do it today.
Great advice. Just make certain sun isn't shinning (late aternoon is best so plants dry off - no mildew). Beads of water magnify & burn leaves. Keep posting good ideas for organic gardening. I originally found you seeking sources for hostas. By the way, beer does attract slugs. Had to have a neighbor save bottles for me as we are more into wine, but those little suckers seem to love the stuff and drown in their enthusiasm.
When the soap mixture finally makes its way into the soil and the roses bloom, do they blow bubbles? :)
We had 211 roses in five patches in our back yard, and Chip used to come home from the hospital and lose himself in caring for them. They were his soma. Then at twilight we'd go for a rose walk, and he'd point out particular beauties. They were all beautiful, but remember the almost black red of "President Lincoln". Wow. Nice memories.
I have spider mites. Kill. Oh can they ever decimate whatever suits their fancy. They almost took out 12 giant lygustrums that line my driveway last summer until I got the Sevin out. Every day I got out and reroute the fast-growing tendrils of my clematis away from my azaleas and towards my trellis. That stuff is scary. :) Like my wisteria. I use napalm on it.
Meta--Not sure if I have, though the wife my have some on her little place in southern Ohio. The wiki article I just read says it makes good hay, is a lugume and puts nitrogen in the soil, and, might even be of use as a treatment for alcoholism.
God Bless Roundup. (By the way, buy the generic at Wal-Mart) It's the only thing I've found that will really get rid of thistles, and the damnable morning glory.
Bob - I get the generic Miracle-Gro but buy Ortho Kill Dead Forever for weeds. Here is a short article about Kudzo/Kudzu that is too funny: :)
Scientists Identify Two Emerging Threats to the Planet: Kudzo and Canadian Beer Drinkers
In different studies, scientists have recently identified two major sources of global warming: Kudzo and Canadian beer drinkers.
Kudzu is that vine that one sees throughout the south covering everything from telephone poles to trees to slow-moving children. It now turns out that it is a major source of ground-level ozone and a contributor to global warming. Kudzo covers an estimated 11,580 square miles in the United States with an impressive expansion of 200 new square miles each year.
At the same time, researchers have finally broken the silence over the status of Canadian beer drinkers as single source pollutants. According to the Canadian government, the problem is traditional ”beer fridges” that one in three Canadian households use to store their brew. The Canadian beer fridges are inefficient and contributing mightily to energy consumption and pollution. It would seem that the English are more earth-friendly due to their tolerance for warm beer. Yet, if the choice is between warm beer and global disaster, one can pretty much start digging your earth bunker now. The English tolerance for warm beer appears to be a genetic abnormality found largely on that one island.
The exponential expansion of both Kudzo and Canadian beer drinkers shows a link in these global threats. Both seem to thrive in dark and isolated environments and both tend to cling to objects and people around them. The solution would seem to be obvious: force Canadian beer drinkers to eat Kudzo. Even better, fund government research into a Kudzo-based beer for Canadians. Am I the only one thinking outside of this ecological box? Indeed, if one of the American beer companies could get involved we could export KudBud and KudBud Lite to Canada and help defray the costs of the falling dollar.
I have found that dish detergent causes my leaves to burn. Leaves have a waxy cuticle to keep the ultraviolet light out and the moisture in, so detergent could strip away that wax. I use Volk oil which turns aphids black and dead in a few hours.