My allotment is being munched to death at the moment - but I'm not the one doing the munching! My lovely Runner Beans
are being shredded. I've never seen damage this bad and this quickly before! Other climbing beans have been destroyed right down to the ground. This warm, wet Winter has been heaven for pesky pests.
Someone has been munching my potato leaves
too! and I thought potato leaves were poisonous - they are being decimated. The warm, wet weather has also meant there is a blight warning too.
My lovely Black Forest climbing courgette
has had the leaves and the growing point nibbled out too! grrrr. Only a few weeks ago I bought a big pack of nematode worms
which I applied to the soil correctly and kept moist as directed. It doesn't seem to have done any good, the slugs and snails are worse than I have seen in years.
Not just slugs, but the gooseberry sawflies have been munching their way through the foliage too. Just in a couple of days they have reduced the plant to sticks! I've had a close look to see if I could pick some off but see nothing! grrrrr!
and... early this Spring I fumigated my greenhouse with a sulphur candle
to kill pests in the greenhouse, particularly the red spider mites which had been a bad problem in previous years... and they are back nibbling sandy spots on my greenhouse cucumbers already. Grrrrrr!
So let's have another go at garden friendly pest remedies before I resort to sprays. I bought a packet of Phytoseiulus Persimilis
, a predator which eats red spider mites. Let's see what happens here. I just hope these work. I am REALLY looking forward to these special melon cucumbers from Seeds of Italy.
are attached to this vermiculite which is tipped on to the leaves in the greenhouse. The eggs hatch in 7 days and start munching the red spider mites. You can see the damage to this young cucumber leaf already and the plant only has 3 leaves! It is one long battle this year!