Friday, April 24, 2009
This was one of my my Brussels Sprout plants which I had planted towards the back of one of my beds.
I had noticed it looking wilted, which after 50 mls of rain was not possible, but didn't have a close look at the time and I had hoped it would sort itself out.
Anyhow a few days later it was getting worse so I thought I'd better take a closer look and gasp, shock, horror, it was covered in aphids.
Now I had two choices (maybe more but these were immediate), I could walk down to the shed and find something to spray them with (of which I didn't have anything) or pull the poor thing out and throw it over the fence into the chook pen (hoping the chooks would devour the aphids) which is about two mts away.
So being the enthusiastic walker I am option two won out and over the fence it went.
Again, gasp, shock, horror, and to my disappointment my chooks took no more than a cursory look at the aphids ( I kept telling them its protein it's good for you) before going about their business (me phinks me feeds 'em too well).
I usually let nature do its own thing around here but if the other four Brussels sprouts I have planted become infected I'll be doing a whip around the garden and harvesting as many lady beatles as I can find and put them on the remaining Brussels sprouts to control the aphids.