Unexpected protection

I’m not pleased that the pheromone trap I put out to protect my apple trees is plastic or that the insert can only be thrown away once it is replaced every six weeks.

On the other hand, I never expected the trap to protect my currants. The codling moths don’t appear to be out yet but the trap has been collecting aphids, who have therefore not been affecting the currant bushes anywhere as much as they did in previous years.

Unfortunately, they’ve still got at one of the blackcurrants and because of the rain I haven’t been able to spray them with neem. Never mind… at least this year all the plants have had a good head start before the infestation.

And now we’ll see what happens as we head towards the codling moth season, which I understand should be any time now. If the traps work, then perhaps I won’t need them in future years, although to be on the safe side I should stick with them in 2020.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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