Basil and Bugs: Basil and Bugs control

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Basil and Bugs

By SongofJoy
January 29, 2013

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

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Name: Sairey Gamp62
Central Oregon, High desert, (Zone 5b)
nancynursez637
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)
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SongofJoy
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
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Name: Sairey Gamp62
Central Oregon, High desert, (Zone 5b)
nancynursez637
Feb 3, 2013 12:26 AM CST
Small drill, , has to be big enough for an ant to get into,

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