A safe and natural cure for aphids...
Here are some interesting comments and suggestions from some of
our readers this week:
First off, this reader has a natural and effective solution for
getting rid of aphids. Last week, another pond owner had written
in about a problem he was having with aphids on his lilies - so
if you ever have a problem, here's what you do...
"Several years ago I came across a homemade remedy for aphids
that is the best I have found. The recipe is quite simple and
Put a pinch of Chewing Tobacco in a pint of warm water and let
set overnight. Do not cover.
Mix 2 Tablespoons tobacco juice and 1 Tablespoon Listerine in 32
ounce spray bottle and fill with water. Add 2 drops of
dishwashing soap. Be sure and add soap last.
Spray on any of your pond plants as needed. This has never hurt
any of my fish or plants."
Sharon from Oklahoma
"Our Scarecrow works wonders keeping opossums, raccoons and
squirrels from our fish and pond plants.
We too became frustrated at being doused when we forgot to turn
off the sprayer, but we have the solution! The hose from the
Scarecrow is attached to an automatic sprinkler solenoid. The
output from the solenoid's transformer is connected to an X-10
relay (Smarthome.com or RadioShack) that allows easy on/off
control by a push-button remote control transmitter.
The ultimate control is via an X-10 timer which automatically
turns the Scarecrow relay on at 6PM and 10PM so that the pond is
not left unprotected if we forget to turn it back on after
turning it off for feeding, etc. The system has been in place
for 6 months, and works like a charm.
Your readers can feel free to contact me for additional details
if they wish: firstname.lastname@example.org."
Thanks for the comments folks...
If you have any pond-related tips or suggestions to help keep
your fellow pond owners, feel free to send them in. Since it's
almost winter for many parts of the country, and since many
people can't really enjoy their ponds right now - why not spend
some time learning more about them?