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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 1:52 pm 
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is there anyone out there with a non chemical way of controlling red legged spider mite. Mum suggested oil, detergent, water and garlic which did work for a bit but made the spinach and silverbeet taste rank. Is there a better way so we can still eat the vegies? Happy to try any suggestions :thumbs: cheers julie

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:24 pm 
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Just saw them talking about these on Gardening Australia. Have to admit I didn't pay close attention though. :roll: I think they said keep good air circulation and moisture up. It wasn't for veggies though. Hope someone else saw it.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:55 pm 
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:( :( :( the one day i crack up at the kids and turn the telly off. . . :grin:

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From the show:

HEATHER, PASADENA SA: I have a problem with a three year old Viburnum. I have about eight of them forming a hedge and I notice all the old leaves – it started last year.

STEPHEN RYAN: What you’ve got here Heather is red spider mite. Some Viburnums are really prone to it. You will probably need to spray if you’re going to control it, but the other things to keep in mind is that red spider mite works better where it’s dry so if you can keep the foliage moistened regularly and also it likes a very still, calm environment, so if you can thin the plants out and allow a bit more circulation, you may control it that way.

Or you can download the shole show.

http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:43 pm 
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:thumbs: :thumbs: my spinach thanks you both! Cheers julie

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:14 pm 
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:nail: :nail: i hunted around the factsheets and i have tried the moisture air balance and also its been quite windy so it seems the answer could also be a light dusting of sulphur powder. I have that here for the horses dunno why i didn't think of it too. . . Probably why they hated the garlic too. . . Great site. . Have bookmarked it thanks

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 5:32 pm 
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You can buy predatory mites for these and get them posted to you, have a hunt on the net I'm not sure where they are available.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 5:55 pm 
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ooooh thanks, i could be the southern states cane toad mogul. . . Its bad enough the postie has to deliver my crickets now i can have proper predator bugs by post too :bolt: :bolt:

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:35 pm 
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Natrasoap kills mites, and it's basically a detergent so it's safe on vegies.

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