Monday Moan: Greenfly on my Sweet Peas
I started the year with such high hopes. Last year we grew a great living wall of Sweet Peas at the allotment, and for weeks and weeks, every room in the house was adorned with a vase of pretty blooms and a beautiful fragrance. The kids thought it wildly exotic to have fresh flowers in their rooms every day.
I was hugely welcome for coffee or a drink at neighbours, when I turned up with a little vase full of a mixture of modern hybrids and old English varieties in a wonderful array of colours. I scoured a sale room over the summer to find some containers the right size for the miniature blooms.
This year it is very different story. I decided that it would be better to grow the peas against a wall at the side of our drive. I don’t think the soil is so good for a start, but the summer hasn’t helped. The crop has been dismal and then over the weekend I noticed that the few blooms I had, were infested with greenfly. On closer inspection (this means with my reading glasses on) I noticed that there are also a significant number of whitefly, but I believed that if I sprayed them, they would probably survive.
Greenfly are one of the family of aphids, so I set about finding out about them and how to get rid of them. See here for more information about aphids, such as the tell-tale signs and the various options you haveI have to confess to not being entirely organic – but I do try my hardest, so I looked up what’s to be done, then Saturday I set about spraying first with a solution of Fairy Liquid which seems to have made some impact but not enough. This morning I was going to go for it with Neem soap and oil, also an entirely an organic remedy, but failing this if I’m honest I would probably get out the bug gun if I had to…
No need as it so happens. At 8am the builder arrived with a delivery of stone that we are going to use to make a little courtyard garden at the top of the drive. They’ve killed the aphids and the sweet peas too. So I will have to dream of next summer, sitting in my peaceful courtyard garden with the whiff of sweet peas on the soft summer breeze. Well……it sounds lovely doesn’t it?