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How to Identify and Control Spider Mites

How to Identify and Control Spider Mites

It was the start of September and I excitedly sowed my bean seeds.  They sprouted and grew well but just as they started to flower they began to show signs of what I thought was nutrient deficiency.  They had pale mottling across their leaves and lacklustre growth, which didn’t abate with the application of liquid fertilisers so I went in for further examination.  A close look revealed little tiny rust coloured speck like bugs.  Once again I had to refer to my gardening books and the internet, I found the tiny little blighters were in fact spider mites.

Organic Methods to Control Snails – Tested

Organic Methods to Control Snails – Tested

With the onset of winter and wet weather comes the unrelenting nighttime raids by hordes of snails and slugs, their one goal, to feast on all the sweetest baby leaves of any newly planted seedling.  This got me wondering what, of the many organic deterrents, actually work?  With this in mind I set out to try the most popular, often suggested methods for saving seedlings from these persistent feeders.