White­fly’s theth bane of my bras­si­cas

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For the last two years my win­ter bras­si­cas have been plagued by white­fly. They re­duce the har­vest and leave lots of sticky black fun­gal disease. I’ve tried blast­ing off the leaves with a jet of wa­ter, then soak­ing the ground around the plants to drown them and this is par­tially suc­cess­ful, but they keep fight­ing back. This year I’ve been feed­ing bras­si­cas on steeped com­frey juice, which has a ter­ri­ble smell. I’m adding this com­frey so­lu­tion to my pump sprayer in the ra­tio five parts wa­ter to one of com­frey. Us­ing my sprayer I coat the white­fly-in­fested leaves with this liq­uid. Steeped rhubarb leaves is usu­ally suc­cess­ful at keep­ing bu er­flies at bay, so I’m hop­ing this smelly so­lu­tion will have the de­sired ef­fect. The leaves have been lib­er­ally coated and the aroma un­der the net is ter­ri­ble! Let’s hope the white­fly get the smelly mes­sage and clear off!

Will my smelly so­lu­tion beat white­fly?

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