I have a bay tree, a meyer lemon tree, a patchouli, a couple of rosemaries and a lemon verbena.
They spend the winter in the studio, in front of the big windows. We keep it 55 degrees most of the time, so we don't have to water things much.
Just kill me now.
I hate aphids.
Scale is a soft bodied little creature that sucks the juice out of your plants. They multiply readily and can really cause problems for plants.
There are two ways to get rid of these pests.
1. Pick them off by hand. Effective, but time consuming and not much fun.
2. Spray them with something. Much faster, but most insecticides are nasty.
Then I read a post on Caleb Warnock's blog about making organic pest spray. He'd had aphids in his greenhouse this year and tried it and it worked.
So I tried it and it worked.
Here's what you do:
- 1 onion
- 1 whole head of garlic
- 2 Tablespoons ground cayenne pepper
- hot water
- quart jar and lid
Put it in the quart jar and fill it up with extra hot water so you have a full quart. Let it sit overnight.
The next day, strain it through a towel into a spray bottle. Spray it on your plants.
Note: There is enough pepper in there to make my hands warm and tingle-y if I get it on myself. Don't get it in your eyes!! Wear gloves when using the spray if you are sensitive to it.