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 Post subject: Aphids
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 9:14 am 
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If I have aphids on my green bell pepper leaves, can I kill them with the orange oil pest control. I'll take one gallon of water and add 2 oz. of orange oil, 1 oz molasses, and 1 cup of compost tea. Will it still be safe to eat produce from the plant after spraying this formula? Also, can I use dried molasses?

Could I spray the whole vegetable garden with that formula and still be safe to eat the vegetables?

I noticed this morning that ants were crawling around at the top of that particular green bell pepper plant. That's what started me investigating. Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Aphids
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 6:04 pm 
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You have aphids because something is wrong with the plant. It might be getting too much water or too little water. Aphids themselves can be knocked off with a strong squirt from the hose or brushed off, but if the plant isn't healthy, more will come back. Once you knock out the existing ones they die, so if you can improve the conditions for the plant you can get past the aphid problem.

I use raised beds for my garden and that has helped a lot with any aphid problems, because my plants don't have "wet feet" from standing in areas that are too moist. I think too much water is more often the problem.

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 Post subject: Re: Aphids
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 6:30 pm 
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Thanks! I've been knocking them off, and they are almost gone completely. The plant looks so much healthier too. I noticed a big difference pretty quickly.


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 Post subject: Re: Aphids
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 7:38 pm 
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If you don't figure out the underlying problem they can come back. I am guessing that people are more likely to over-water than under-water. Give the plant a chance to wilt a little before you water. Water deep, and encourage deep root growth by not watering so often.

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