In the garden with Lorraine Clarke

In the garden with Lorraine Clarke

March 2016 | Lorraine Clarke

THE NATURAL world teems
with creepy-crawlies, most
of which go about doing
inestimable good.
But there are some little
critters we don’t want to share
our lives with.
However, when the choice
is between a pest and a toxic
chemical, organic gardeners
and pet owners have a problem.
There is an organic solution
in the form of Derris (Rotenone)
powder, which is a very
effective insecticide, pesticide
and piscicide.
This natural product, found
in various plants, absolutely
kills freeloaders such as cabbage
caterpillars (also earthworms
in the soil beneath
if you are too heavy-handed),
aphids and beetles with
malevolent intent (avoid
sprinkling on flowers to
spare benevolent bees), any
six-legged lurkers in dog or
cat fur, horse or cow coats,
dare I whisper it in kids’ hair,
or poultry feathers, as well
as your goldfish, should the
treated cat go swimming.
Derris is safe to use topically
on warm-blooded animals
and people.
The effect on broccoli and
pets lasts for several days
in dry conditions. Sprinkle
lightly and judiciously on
affected plants, and ruffle
through fur or feathers, for a
guaranteed result.