Last of the allotment fruit but not the last of the allotment pests

I was on radio Sussex on Sunday, talking about Weald allotments, as the rain fell, gently but firmly, all around me and even the birds were under cover, watching me with complete scorn as I wandered around in the downpour, waiting for my mobile phone to ring, with not another soul in sight. Even for me it was a surreal experience.

Then, as I was gazing at the extremely damp landscape I saw a perfect alpine strawberry. And another. And another. By the time I’d finished searching I was utterly soaking from head to foot and I’d found seventeen strawberries, which we ate for pudding.

I asked the Radio Sussex expert about the persistent whitefly, which doesn’t seem to be felled by frost (our frosts are light, as we’re within a mile of the sea) and he suggested we try soapy water in a pressure hose and removing all the yellowed leaves. It’s the second year in a row that we’ve had a hellish infestation of whitefly on our kale, which is a favourite winter crop of mine, second only to purple sprouting broccoli, so I’m hoping that the relocation to plot 103 will leave the little buggers behind, and that if we practise intense whitefly hygiene there, we’ll manage to avoid this winter plague in future.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, November 15, 2010


Anonymous allotments4you said...

I have used soapy water in just a hand spry bottle...a bit more long-winded to distribute but does the job just the same...the whitefly either don't like the taste or can't get a grip because of the soap...I love this method as it's totally organic!!

November 22, 2010 at 11:37 PM  

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