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APHIDS are GREAT INDICATORS of...

May 30, 2021
This week I will show you what a problem looks like on your trees or plants in your garden. Stay tuned first. Let's start by clarifying what

aphids

are. Well, here are some. You're right. You see those little red ones in this case. I would like to display them on trees, but I haven't seen

aphids

on trees for years. In our tree, we have them on this plant and I always like to be able to look at them and try to figure out why they are there. there because it is one thing to have an insect, but it is very important to be able to discover why you have them.
aphids are great indicators of
Let me tell you a couple of stories to start. He feeds. I'm just looking. Here is the predatory primate. Let me show you that. Yes, ladybugs are

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hunters of aphids. I would like to see their larvae. the antlion, that's the predator, the number one predator, if you see the prey you should be able to see the predator, so it makes sense to find a ladybug here. back to aphids So let me tell you a couple of stories about aphids while I was in New Zealand for the Beyond Organic and Zed tour. You could look beyond Organic and Zed Tour.com for some of the details.
aphids are great indicators of

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aphids are great indicators of...

I was there a few years ago and gave a presentation. She came up to me at the house we were staying in that day and said, you know, you're talking about different things, she says, I'm going to a fruit tree, a lemon tree that's infested with aphids, okay, I said, well, If it is our

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indicator of unbalanced fertilization it generally really shows an excess of nitrogen he said do you give it? Do you fertilize your trees? No, not at all, you give them fertilizer. No, okay, do you have any others? Yes, I have five lemon trees, but only one of them.
aphids are great indicators of
It's infested, it's okay. I'm thinking there is something causing that tree in that location to have too much, especially nitrogen. I'm trying to think I'm checking the compost list for artificial fertilizer. No, there was something there, sometimes it may have been an old man. farm and it was where they were in Europe, so she was going through no, no, no, no, well, I said there's obviously something wrong in that place at that moment her husband, who was next to her, said, well, dear, He's right, he says, when he wakes us up, that is. where am I going to pee around that lemon tree, so I spread it around you, okay, so I said, well, how often do you do that every morning?
aphids are great indicators of
So at least 320 doses per year, I said, well, you don't have to look any further, that's the reason one is infested with aphids said it's showing signs of having too much nitrogen fertilizer, by the way, a fruit tree alone you need 20 pees to get your dose of nitrogen for the year so if you have some fruit trees spread the good if you have that habit of peeing around your fruit trees so the problem is solved you think they are

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they are not the problem because Please do not try to get rid of the aphids, they are there to solve the problem, how do they do it?
I called them nature's bomb and if you look at Athens, what are they doing? They are piercing the stem of the plant. Let me find here again. They are piercing and sucking the sap from the stem of the plant. that plant basically to try to slow it down because it has too much nitrogen, which drives growth excessively or the fertilization is unbalanced, there is not a proper rebound, usually if you fertilize only with a source rich in nitrogen, urine is one, the chicken manure is another, certainly chemical fertilizers give you another example the year I saw an attack on our fruit trees was the first year we bought the orchard it was still just a monoculture of apple trees and the previous owner had a bag of 2000 nitrogen fertilizer it stayed and I thought I mean things can explode in a landfill, so I thought, you know, I don't really want to throw them in the garbage, so they go in the landfill, so I spread them out on this orchard block that was just apples at the time and I spread that 40 pound bag spread out over an acre, so it's not a very large dose, but I put it on this block and that summer, so it was spring that summer that we had attacks.
Our apple trees in this block in the other blocks of the orchard there were no aphids and that is a great indication of an imbalance due to a particular element, so please do not blame the aphids. I'm looking for some around here, don't blame the aphids for being the problem, they are not the problem, they are pointing out the problem. Sir Albert Howard had a right, he said insect and weed diseases are not a problem, they should be our teachers and they are pointing out the problem, so take a look at them, try to work out why you have them and why I'm trying to think why these perennial sunflowers, some of the plants have adjustments, not all, some do and I'm thinking of one that grew very well in the first few years they established well, they are still doing well, but they are a prairie plant.
At this time they are an open field plant. This is not open field. It's right in the orchard. They are getting too much shade so We are stressed and one of the things they are also calling is that they are calling too many aphids to get rid of them basically and I wish they would regret it. A lunch break here came across these yellow raspberries. I can't exactly let them go, you know what? about the permaculture garden there are some things that are dirty jobs but someone has to do it and my rule for picking and eating is that you never choose just one, you always choose a handful so you can get a bite mm-hmm I want to show you where you usually get a attack, I came to look for an apple tree that we had pruned quite hard here there was a large pruning cut and like the beginning bread within the distance of your hand you will get a very active growth so you see one two three large branches and here there was another large cut , so these are some very fast growing active shoots, they are the ones most likely to have Athens, so if we look at them a little bit closer, there are no aphids there, so why?
There a federate would normally find aphids. Here's another really good shoot. You see that it is at least a meter or three feet long and you look around the stem at the base of the leaves and again there are no aphids. Well, as I say, Athens. a symptom symptom of unbalanced fertilization I don't want to sound too disappointed, it's a great thing, but we just don't have one Fitz because we've never fertilized this garden. The only fertility it gets is when we spray. as we spray for fungal diseases mainly as scaffolds, but because no fertilizer is applied to them, their fertility is balanced, so if you have a Fitz, if they are a problem for you, check for some other good growth, nothing if you have a lot of aphids they try to change their fertilizer they try to get a more balanced fertilizer and they certainly try to reduce the dose of nitrogen in their fertilizer whatever they are using it is probably a fertilizer that is too high in nitrogen so the foods They are a great indicator of that. problem with too much nitrogen fertilizer here there is very active growth on an Asian pear, so even to the end, everything clean, nothing there, sorry I can't show you any aphids on the fruit trees, so remember, if you get Athens, check your fertility, stop fertilizing or stop fertilizing at most and just a point if you're going to fertilize and you're going to give a certain rate, let's say you're giving 20 20 pounds of nitrogen equivalent per acre, maybe divide those 20 pounds in three applications one third in the spring one third in the summer and one third very late in the fall after the leaves fall, that will help balance out and you won't get this fertility spike which then is basically a call: Do you want them there or not?
If you don't change them then the way you do it, that's really all there is to it, it's easy to get rid of aphids, its a big indicator that something is not right in the fertility that you may have messed up, that tells you that you know what you don't need, any fertility you have. There is a lot of natural fertility in unfertilized soil, so aphids are good, not even good, they are an excellent indicator. I think aphids are one of the easiest insects to tell you that you have an excess fertility problem, so that's all I have. to say this week thank you for the concern last week's video I want to leave it if you didn't see it check it out and certainly check out some of the comments thank you for your comments and your concerns it was greatly appreciated it was a Actually, no everything is rosy and not everything is wonderful there are times when you hit a wall and I just wanted to show you a glimpse of what that wall looks like so thank you for your comments and concerns and like I said things generally They can go worse. before they get better so this week I came with my daughter to prune the tops of these very tall honey locusts and I fell off the ladder 10 feet up in the air on my back and suffered a slight concussion and some good bruises, but that's about I'm alive, it slowed me down.
I didn't do anything else for the rest of the week, so you know, things happen for a reason, so thanks for watching. I really appreciate it, thank you for your comments and I hope these videos help you. He even helped me. I hope to see you next week. Thanks for watching. Hey, subscribe and watch our latest video.

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