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I had forgotten all about those pesky little flies because I somehow managed to get rid of them and had moved on to whining about other things - the heat and the weeds and the mess and the mice. I forgot that I no longer had a whitefly problem.
In late November I resorted to vacuuming the garden in a crazy attempt to be rid of those pesky little flies. You may think I am a bit kooky but I truly didn't think up this idea myself. I'd read about it. From reputable sources including wikipedia. But I only vacuumed a couple of times because as you no doubt know, I am lazy. And I hardly even get around to vacuuming my house let alone starting up on the garden. So I can't attribute my outdoor housekeeping to the whitefly elimination success.
We have been having a very hot summer in Melbourne. In fact it is the hottest on record so it is possible that my garden is less lush and less attractive to sap sucking whitefly and this has helped to eliminate them.
But my whitefly disappeared in late December before it started to get too stinky hot. Nope, I think the success was due to the three sprayings I carried out. Now I am not a fan of using spray concoctions. I garden organically. I am too lazy to mix up chilli and garlic and soap sprays. I squash snails and chuck green caterpillars to the chooks. But I did go out and buy some eco oil and neem oil. And I sprayed once with eco oil. A few days later I did the neem oil and a week later I did the eco oil again. And then I think it was just about crazy Christmas time and I went on a little holiday and forgot all about it.
And now I realise that I haven't seen whitefly since then.
So the moral to this story - it's a whole lot easier to find things going wrong and to whine about them and if you keep it up you will forget to look at all the things going right. Aah yeah I'm an expert whinger.
Things going right in the garden...
The herb spiral is still alive and filling out
I have managed to find a good spot for clematis and haven't yet killed it
I have grown my first ever spaghetti squash
Last year's flower has self seeded in the watering can
And I am getting self seeded silverbeet too