The best natural way to get rid of aphids is to use a garden weed. Stinging nettles not only make an effective spray but they also act as a natural tonic and fertiliser for your plants.
Stinging nettles have been used for food and medicine for centuries. They have been used as a natural remedy for treating rheumatism and arthritis, to stimulate circulation, clear inflammatory skin conditions, treat allergies and gout.
Its leaves and stems are covered with tiny sharp hairs that release substances causing burning and itching to the skin. Nettles are native to Eurasia, but are found in most temperate zones in the world.
- Spray bottle
- Thick Gardening Gloves – These gloves from Amazon cover your forearms offering the best protection. (Paid link)
- Sieve – This set of stainless steel sieves from Amazon come in handy for both cooking and gardening. (Paid link)
Most people will have stinging nettles growing in their garden but if you don’t ask around – most people will be happy for you to get rid of theirs!
Time needed: 1 hour.
Natural Aphid Spray
- Pick the Stinging Nettles
First put on the gloves and wear long sleeves to protect your hands and arms. Pull out the stinging nettles roots and all then place the plant into a medium or large saucepan. Fill the saucepan nearly to the top or as high as you can.
Next cover the nettles with water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes then let cool.
Put the nettle water through a sieve and reserve the liquid. Place the remaining plants into your compost bin if you have one.
- Fill Spray Bottle
Then fill a spray bottle with the nettle water (I find a pump spray bottle works well) and spray the aphids liberally remembering to spray underneath the leaves where they like to hide.
The aphids will drop off the plant but you may need to repeat in a week to keep on top of them. This spray is also a good fertiliser and plant tonic.
Need a spray bottle? Try this set from Amazon. (Paid link)
If you have a serious infestation, try this glue spray:
Mix together 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of boiling water. Then add 4 cups of cold water and put through a sieve. Spray at once ensuring a good coverage then wash equipment immediately after spraying to avoid clogging.
The residue can be washed off the plants four hours later. This spray should only be used during dry weather.
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