The Wrigglers are Amateur Gardeners. This is our guide to Aphids. There are #cartoons, posters and links to Aphid control. The Wrigglers have drawn a scribe and made a poster, which will be added to the page as it develops.
Know your enemy
With a little knowledge, you can do battle and control the aphids
Indoors, aphids survive all year round. Outdoors, aphids appear in the spring and stay for the summer.
How to get rid of Aphids safely
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
Don’t forget …
To produce bushier Dahlias’ and more flowers’ remove all but five of the shoots sprouting from a tuber.
It’s not just us who love Dahlias, garden pests do to. The usual culprits, slugs and snails … but also earwigs. Try dispersing with an organic method … stuff some straw or paper into a small pot, upside down on a bamboo stake. They crawl in there on a hot day, for you to get rid of as you see fit.
For an expert’s eye on pruning:
RHS Pruning groups
Understand the groups and you understand when, how and which plants to prune.
These groups are designed to offer gardeners a general guide on how to prune a tree, shrub or climber.
Pruning is one of those grey areas for me. The info here is not only fun to read, but will save some of my plants from an overly keen secateur-wielding gardener, like me.
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