Biological controls - aphid munchers

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Thursday 14 June 2007 10.16am
Has anyone tried to control an excess of aphids by using biological controls (ladybirds, or ladybird larvae) please?

I'm interested in how you got on, and whether you have any tips.

Thanks.

...if you press it, they will come.
Thursday 14 June 2007 11.58am
get rid of any ants, they i have been told ' farm' them. there is a greengardening site that uses summik called nemotodes(?) sorry cant spell it!
Thursday 14 June 2007 1.20pm
Yes, I think that the ants are interested in the "honeydew" that is left behind once the aphids have attacked my lovely could-be-vegetables. I don't want to tempt fate, but we've not got ants (yet).

I was surprised, when walking the crops this morning, to see that one of the window boxes on our first floor balcony was sporting a quite big mushroom. I certainly didn't put it there, and the compost is fresh this year, so I wonder how it got there?

...if you press it, they will come.

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