Alright! This is John Kohler with GrowingYourGreens.com
today we have another exciting episode for you and this one is going to be a quick one
at that. What we’re going to do today is we’re going to show you 3 easy, non-toxic,
low-cost methods to get rid of the aphids in your garden, alright?
You know, sometimes I use neem oil, Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds so if you could check my past episode
on that for the hard hitter but I don’t always like to come out of the ring fighting.
I do try to play nice and then escalate as needed. So, this are my first ways that I
like to deal with aphids before I start getting out any sprays.
So, step number one: I want to show you guys what these aphids look like. It’s like…
in this case they’re gray but depending on what they’re eating, what plant they’re
on, they’re going to turn different colors, I’ve seen them black and I’ve seen them
red before. Basically, they show up on the bottom side of the leaves, on many times,
and then especially when the flower is… when it’s going to flower and setting seed.
It really likes the light tender shoots to like latch in to it. What aphids are is they’re
soft body insects which literally send their little fangs, like a vampire into your neck,
they’re setting their fangs into the stems of the plants and the leaves of the plants
to suck out all the plant’s juices, all the nutrition that’s supposed to be feeding
the plants so this will hinder your plant growth and can cause challenges. Although,
a few aphids here and there are not a big deal but when you have a big outbreak like
this it can be a problem because they’re going to multiply very quickly and spread
to infect other plants which we definitely don’t want. So it’s very important to
keep them under control. So, I want to go ahead and give you guys a closer shot of what
this aphids look like and thanks to the advance optical technology of Canon we’re going
to be able to do that. Checking out these aphids up close, check
it out, I can see them on there. Ok, we’re going to pan over, there you go, do you guys
see them? It’s those… I’ve got some wind here but they’re on the stem there,
all those little gray things on the stem there. So, now that you guys have seen what the aphids
are; the easiest way to control them is, number one, some sheers and we’re going to go down
to the plant and basically where they all are, they’re on the top of the plant, we’re
going to just cut off this whole section. That kind of does me a favor too because I
want this plant, the dinosaur kale, to produce more leaves instead of more flowers and shoots,
although I do let some go so I can save seed. So we can still just cut off whole sections
of plants and put them in the compost and we’re going to compost those aphids into
further protein for the compost pile; that’s way number one.
Way number two is if you have it on leaves or even on the stems, you know, you’ve got
some of the best aphis smashers in the whole world. I can do a lot of other things with
my fingers too but we’ve got aphid smashing fingers here so we can simply find the aphids
on the back side of leaves and what I like to do is literally smoosh them. I just rub
my hand up on here, smoosh them all and I’ve got aphid fingers. Mmmm smells like something
I know, but anyways so yeah, smoosh them all. So, these are the first two steps I may use
to rid my garden of aphids. Now, yes, this can take a bit of time, it’s not as easy
as spraying some junk but you’re not sraying anything and this costs you no money ,except
some time. Have some local kids smash aphids [for you]. The next step is another way I
like to do if I have to escalate, if I have a big aphid challenge; if there’s maybe
some plants in my garden that have an infestation then actually I don’t want to snip off.
I don’t particularly care if I cut off pieces of the dinosaur kale but I do care about my
tree collards I want them to go to seed so I can save some seed because it rarely goes
to seed and so I’m going to use another technique, so let me go ahead and hare that
with you next. So, the next technique we’re going to use
is actually this guy here which is actually called the Bug Blaster. So, what the Bug Blaster
is this is just a special nozzle that goes on the end of your hose to spray high pressure
water in a special jet pattern that’s really going to spray the aphids and blast them off
the leaves and at the same time probably discombobulate them and once they’re off your leaves they’re
probably not going to be able to get back on. This guy is actually relatively inexpensive
and if you want to win one of these I’m going to be doing a GrowingYourGreens.com
giveaway. I think I have a handful of these guys to give away. What you’re going to
want to do is you want to make a video with you in it, hopefully in front of your garden,
if you have a garden currently, and tell me why you need the Bug Blaster to rid aphids
from your garden. The 5 best winners that I pick will win. So, make a video about it
and put a link in the comments below; I’ll be sure to watch each and every one, oh please
keep it under 5 minutes long! So, how this works is very simple, we’re
going to just go ahead and take it out of the package. Before, I just want to let you
know it works on white flies, aphids, mealy bugs, spider mites and it also makes a great
plant cleaner if you want a shiny look for your plants. I don’t care how clean my plants
look; I just want to get rid of the bugs. So, in here it’s very simple, it’s just
a little nozzle attachment for your hose and I recommend instead of putting it on a hose,
we have a standard wand sprayer here with a standard rain pattern spray head. We’re
going to go ahead and take this guy off and we’re just going to go ahead and screw this
guy on nice and take. Make sure you’ve got the gasket in there so we’re not going to
have any leaks and now we’re all ready to spray the aphids to heck. So now all we’ve
got to do is we have the hose here; I got the nice Crassman rubber hose, it’s the
hose I recommend you buy because I hate those piece of junk hoses that you’ve got to keep
buying them because they keep wearing out and make your water smell and taste like vinyl
PVC, not recommended. High quality rubber hose available from Sears, lifetime warranty,
nice stainless steel ends; they go on sale regularly, the 50ft sometimes goes for sale
for 20 bucks and the 100ft which is what I’ve got sometimes goes on sale for 39-40 bucks.
One time purchase lasts a long time. We’re just going to go ahead and screw this
guy on here. I’ve got a double on/off valve here to prevent leakage and once again we’ve
got that gasket in here so this is what it looks like. I’ve got an on/off valve here
and another on/off valve here to ensure we don’t get any leaks and then now we can
simply turn the water on and check this baby out. Oooh it’s spraying! But it’s not
getting my camera wet that bad. Anyways, so now we’re going to blast these bugs. Blast
the bugs! Ok, so I got a little bit crazy there and
I got too much water on the lens, not too cool so I backed the camera up and we’re
going to go for it again. These are my green tree collards and I definitely want to try
to preserve all the leaves and not cut any tops off like my dinosaur kale because this
guy despite going to flower… will go to flower, set seed and then go back right to
producing leaves for me to eat. So, we’re going to turn this guy on and we’re just
going to go here and spray this guy down. Hopefully, the camera won’t get too wet
this time and we’re literally blasting all the bugs off, we’re getting that stream
underneath the leaves, above the leaves and all over, just spraying water everywhere.
At the same time you’re probably feeding your plants some water.
Alright, well I think this is getting a little bit too wet for the camera here, we’re going
to go ahead and shut you guys off but those are the three ways I like to battle bugs in
my garden, non-toxic. Number one: cut them off, number two: smoosh them, and number three:
spray them with the Bug Blaster. Maybe the one that I would go next to would be beneficial
insects before spraying any kind of non-toxic products in my garden to control the aphids.
But then beneficial insects can get expensive and they may fly away. This guy you literally
invest in once and you’re going to have it for years to come to blast come bugs in
your garden. So, to learn more about the Bug Blaster you’re going to want to check the
website TheBugBlaster.com So, hopefully you guys enjoyed this episode,
once again my name is John Kohler with GrowingYourGreens.com we’ll see you next time and remember: Keep
on Growing!