Basil and Bugs: Basil and Bugs control

Views: 396, Replies: 2 » Jump to the end
Basil and Bugs

By SongofJoy
January 29, 2013

Aphids are drawn to prolific leaf growth and may attack herbs such as basil.

[View the item] Give a thumbs up

Name: Sairey Gamp62
Central Oregon, High desert, (Zone 5b)
Feb 2, 2013 12:29 PM CST
I find if I control the ants, I have far less aphid problem anywhere in the garden. One of the ways to control ants is 2 cups of sugar, 2 cups of cider vinegar, 2 cups of water in a one gallon milk jug with small holes in the lid. The holes should be large enough to allow ants in, but small enough to avoid trapping bees. I place these traps near plants that aphids seem to be fond of, basil, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. I also keep a flat dish of fresh water where broccoli and cabbage are planted. The wasps are attracted to the water, but also eat cabbage loopers and potatoe bug larvae. I change the water freqently to keep it from breeding mosquitoes, but it works well.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Avid Green Pages Reviewer
Feb 2, 2013 12:56 PM CST
What do you make your holes with? Something the size of an ice pick?

Wasps are definitely useful in the garden. Thumbs up
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Sairey Gamp62
Central Oregon, High desert, (Zone 5b)
Feb 3, 2013 12:26 AM CST
Small drill, , has to be big enough for an ant to get into,

« Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Basil and Bugs
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "partridge feather and verbena"