Cobwebs in my garden and flower beds

by Terri Coellner
(Becker, Minnesota USA)

I have noticed cobwebs in my vegetable garden and on my perennial plants what causes this? and how do i get rid of them?

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Getting Rid of Spider Mites with Organic Sprays
by: Countryfarm Lifestyles

Terri

It sounds as if you have spider mite that will need to be controlled with organic sprays. If this is what you have you will have fine spider webs on the underside of the leaves, and often the leaves are tied up together with the webs.

The mite itself is very small and cannot always be seen with the naked eye at first, but if you look carefully you will see small reddish-brown dots on the leaves, usually the underside, and in the webs, and they cause the leaves to go yellow.

There are a couple of things you can do. Because they multiply rapidly during the summer from dry weather or in times of drought, watering your garden thoroughly twice a day, morning and evening will increase the humidity and you will see the numbers dropping as they prefer a dry heat.

Any organic sprays that you will see on my page:
Natural Pesticides for sucking insects will work. However there are some that work better than others for spider mite. The white oil recipe will work well, as does the milk based one.

This homemade insecticide is effective against the tiny red spider mite.

1/2 cup buttermilk

4 cups flour

20 L water

Mix the buttermilk with the flour and then add the water. Spray over a 2 day period to make sure that the infestation has been successfully been eradicated.

Repeat if necessary.

If, however, you just have ordinary spiders in your garden leave them. They are doing a good job eating all the bad bugs.

Regards Countryfarm Lifestyles

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