16 Replies Latest reply on Jul 27, 2017 7:02 PM by 777mr.awesome

    Aphids

    dperrone

      Just want to share this simple solution with anyone out there fighting aphids...

       

      No matter how hard I tried - from sealing all windows to NOT opening the windows at all anywhere close to my Tower Garden - I still had an invasion of aphids this Spring.

      I recently got into Essential Oils, and had read how there are oils or combo's of oils that kill and/or repel aphids, gnats and other creepy crawlies.

       

      After trying a variety of complicated 'recipes,' I tried a simple mixture of Lemon Essential Oil and water in a inexpensive spray bottle. I use 5-8 drops of Lemon Oil in about 4-6 ozs. of water. I mist the plants once a day, (twice for a while because the 'invasion' got heavier). My plants look lovely; the denser leaves like those on the pepper plants have a lovely shine. I am careful around the tender, thin-leaf varieties like gourmet lettuces.

       

      And, just an 'aside' but you can also use the mixture on the tower, counter tops and more ... Lemon Essential oil is an excellent cleaning solution, smells lovely and ki;;s some mold and mildew.

       

      Darlene