It’s that time of the year where I can do an hour’s work in the garden after work. So, now the wind has abated, I rushed out to direct sow some broad beans.
Then I turned my attention to the currant bushes. I dare say it will be a while before the aphids are about but I really want to give my currants the best chance of avoiding attack, so I sprayed them with neem oil to ward off the pests.
This hasn’t truly worked in the past but perhaps I started the anti-aphid regime too late before. And the largest bush, pictured above, still produced enough fruit in 2018 for a strawberry and red currant jam. However, the bushes are smaller than I would have expected after four years (I think), although it could be the soil or the life being sucked out of them by the strawberries.
It’s difficult to know for sure because I don’t have the space to experiment with control specimens. So, I’ll continue to operate blind and hope for the best.