Tuesday 25 April 2017

Aphid Invasion ...

💕 I really, really 💖 my roses. 💕

As a result I get seriously annoyed by pesky little sap-sucking aphids, who blow into town with an overblown sense of entitlement to munch whatever they land on. A dark cloud descends, my blood boils and I go into a full-blown psychotic rage. It's not pleasant. It's not pretty. It's all-out war! No way, Jose, are those gormless little green bugs going to munch their way through my patch... .

Whilst I may be hopping mad, and ready to decimate the entire West London aphid population, I still don't like to stray too far from my normal, natural, organic approach to gardening. Can't think why that sentence made me think of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde! 🤔  I've got children and pets to worry about. They play in my garden, chase footballs and roll around on the grass. I've also got an abundance of wildlife that I positively want to nurture and encourage, so I don't want to nuke the rose bushes. Honestly, I'm a reasonable person ... all the way up the moment when you start eating my roses ... ☠️.

So here's my solution: I cook up a bug-blasting concoction using readily-available household ingredients that won't turn the back garden into a toxic wasteland or trigger a nuclear winter. Just read on for my recipe ...

To make 500 ml of bug-busting solution:


2 cloves of garlic
2 teaspoonfuls of finely ground cayenne pepper
1 generous squirt of (dish) washing-up liquid
500 ml of hot water

Crush the garlic cloves and add to a large measuring jug. Add a generous squirt of washing up liquid and the cayenne pepper. Mix to a smooth paste.

Add 500 ml of hot water, and stir well to dissolve the paste.

Leave to sit for a few hours until the liquid has cooled to room temperature.

Strain through a sieve, pour into a spray bottle and go blast aphids.

Repeat every other day until the little blighters give up and naff off.

Good luck, stay strong and may the force be with you,

Bonny x


  1. I read a simple solution the other day and for the life of me I can't think I remember that you had a solution...

  2. Nice post.Thank you so much for sharing this post.