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Oct 16, 2011

Bugs thriving in my Chinese cabbages.

Today I found many bags like young worms and herds of aphids in mu Chinese cabbages.
I have dealt with attacks by young worms and caterpillars and today ten young worms were picked up and removed out of the cabbages.


I'm astonished with the fact that many aphids live inside my Chinese cabbages! The proliferation of aphids have never been found in my garden.
I wonder how and when they came to my cabbages from where. Anyway, they have to be removed immediately for healthy growth of my cabbages.


I want to avoid using chemical pesticides as possible as I can. So I tried a new way introduced in a blog by a gardener in Japan. It's a mixture of water, salad oil and kitchen detergent. The gardener said spraying the solution on aphids is so effective since the emulsified oil can wrap around an aphid and choke them off to death. Mixing rate is water/500ml, salad oil/5ml and a few drops of detergent.


I wondered what would happen to the aphids after spraying but I could see the good result. After spraying on them, they stopped moving! They seemed to be suffocated.
I will check the effectiveness tomorrow and see if the aphids are truly killed.


-- iPad

4 comments:

Mark Willis said...

I hope the home-made remedy turns out to be effective, because removing aphids by hand would be a very long job!

Why I garden... said...

That's a good tip to get rid of aphids. Its amazing how aphids can suddenly appear by the hundreds.

Bom said...

Excited to hear about the final outcome. . .

takaeko said...

>Mark and Bom

I found the quick remedy was so effective to get rid of many aphids in a short time! I saw many dead aphids on leaves today. And I think the mixture is safer and less harmful than chemical pesticides since the ingredients are stuffs used in our kitchen.

>Why I garden
When I saw herds of aphids on leaves, I was shocked!
Even after getting rid out many aphids, they will appear soon,,,.