Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Red spider mites

A few blogs ago when I pictured my first baby aubergine I was having a few problems. The leaves were turning a mottled sandy colour. Well, the little endive and winter lettuce seedlings started turning the same colour, on very close examination...the underside of the leaves were covered in tiny, tiny little critters. Less than a milimetre each and a sandy colour.

Apparently they don't like damp conditions and they thrive in hot dry greenhouses.... Out with the watering can then.... twenty times each day..... I don't think so.


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