Tender young vegetable and flower seedlings are vulnerable to attack from aphids. Aphids are small, sap sucking insects that can be black, brown, grey or green and are often seen congregating on delicate new leaves unfurling in the centre of the plant or lurking underneath foliage. Aphids deplete plants of valuable nutrients and sugars and can impact plant health and harvests.
Symptoms of an aphid infestation include:
The odd aphid can be squished between your fingers or hosed off with a squirt from the hose however large, damaging colonies can develop quickly.
To protect plant health aphids can be controlled with Yates Nature’s Way Vegie & Herb Spray. It’s an insecticidal soap based on natural vegetable oils and is certified for use in organic gardening, so it’s ideal for people wanting to use organic methods of pest control in their gardens.
Control the aphids by spraying both sides of leaves, every 5 – 7 days, just to the point of run off.
Yates Nature’s Way Vegie & Herb Spray is available in a handy ready to use pack or in a concentrate for larger gardens.
If you have deciduous trees and shrubs in your back yard or street, then autumn can provide you with a feast of fallen leaves to create your own compost.
Autumn leaves are rich in carbon but don’t contain a lot of nutrients, like nitrogen, to promote the composting process, so the leaves need to be mixed with kitchen scraps and some handfuls of Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser before placing in a compost pile, tower or tumbler.
Yates Dynamic Lifter is a rich source of organic nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium from chicken manure, blood & bone, fishmeal and seaweed, which provides food for the composting microorganisms that will help turn the autumn leaves into rich, dark brown compost that you can then mix into your soil.
Here are some easy steps to create your very own compost:
Homemade compost can be dug into the soil in vegie and flower beds before planting new plants or scattered around existing plants and then covered with a layer of mulch.