The worms have drawn Aphid cartoons this week. As new plant growth emerges, so do aphids. Their numbers grow quickly as there are fewer predators … but that all changes as the season develops and more predators emerge, to reform the natural balance in your garden. Aphids are a staple food for birds, wasps, lacewings, ladybirds and many more …
Try not to use insecticides as this kills the predators as well. #putpollinatorsfirst Squash them or spray off with a jet hose to control them, where you can. Follow our blog to get more daily gardening cartoons, ideas, tasks and tips.
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The wrigglers are amateur gardeners, for advice from the experts on how to deal with aphids, try the experts below – they know what they’re talking about!
Aphids are a natural part of the garden ecosystem and a vital source of food for many species of bird, including house sparrows. They’re only a problem if they occur in large numbers.
Encourage the natural enemies of aphids in the garden, such as ladybirds, ground beetles, hoverflies, parasitoid wasps and earwigs. Be aware that in spring aphid populations often build up before natural enemies are active in sufficient numbers and then give good control. Indiscriminate use of pesticides can reduce the numbers of useful predators.
The Wrigglers have joined the #putpollinators first Campaign
Wild flower meadows flower for longer due to the diverse range of plants in them. That’s more flowers for you, and more food for the bees and insects. Plant one and join the Gardener’s World Put Pollinators First campaign – raising awareness of the decline of our pollinators @GWmagazine
Gardener’s world launched its #putpollinatorsfirst campaign, as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. See what you can do to play your part:
With a panel of pollinator experts, committed to helping bees and other pollinating insects to thrive, Dr Trevor Dines says, ” Since the 1930’s, over 97 percent of our wildflower meadows have been destroyed. That’s 7.5 million acres, gone. Now you can understand why our pollinators are in such trouble.”
There are 3 ideas:
By making a meadow, even on a small scale, we can provide a banquet for pollinators that’ll help them to thrive.
Here are some seed suppliers and links:
More from the worms
Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.
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