Then my local New World supermarket have started giving a 5c/bag discount (up to 5 bags) when you bring in your own bags (unless you are already getting their discounted coffees). It's not huge, but at least moving in the right direction.
In my last post I had made a Guava Moth trap - I can now report that it does definitely work - so here's the recipe.
Guava Moth Lure
Mix: 1 litre of boiling water
1 tsp of vegemite or marmite
1 tsp vanilla essence
then add 1 tsp of ammonia (available at the supermarket).
Divide the mixture between 4 x 2litre milkbottles (or similar), with windows cut as per picture.
Tie the bottles into your fruit trees, using a short tie so they don't blow about and spill.
The lure will last about month, but may need straining every few days.
It reportedly takes two evenings for the moths to find the traps.
This is what Guava moths look like...
|Image from local matters.co.nz|
and the damage they do...
|Image from Kerikeri Garden Centre|
We went to a Transition Towns Seed Swap in the weekend - Guava moths are ruining everyone's home fruit crops, so the lure recipe was really popular.
I kicked myself for not taking photos of the Seed Swap for you. There were about 20 people, everyone bringing along seedlings, cuttings, seeds and plants to share. It was our first one, and we came away loaded up with tarragon, basil, hydrangea, cherimoya, hellebores, tomatoes, tobacco (to kill chewing insects apparently), seeds of bean,cress and a weird courgette variety.
|Yay! free plants|
The host's garden, on a standard town section had 50 varieties of fruit trees and berries.
If you've never heard of Transition Towns, and international organization promoting positive grassroots community projects then here is a Wiki link .