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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Debbie Klann!!!

Debbie Klann (debbieklann, #770) has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth Merit Badge!

“I am not known for having a green thumb; it’s more like a brown thumb! I also don’t have a lot of garden space anymore, but I decided last summer to start small and tuck in a few plants here and there where I could. I decided on zucchini and heirloom tomatoes.

Surprisingly, we had zucchini and tomatoes, and how delicious! I also found 3 organic sprays that I can mix to control aphids and mites, which I will use this year. I didn’t use any pest control last year, but I will have some ready in case this summer is different. I’m planning on using it on all of my roses. I also read the book, Montrose and enjoyed it. I don’t think I could ever garden on a scale such as that!”


  1. BB king says:

    Good for you Debbie, keep at it!

  2. Sue says:

    Great! Can you share the names of the organic sprays that worked for you? Thanks!

    • Debbie Klann says:

      Sue, I don’t have a certain brand. I researched online and found some home remedies for aphids. One that was suggested is mixing 1 tsp. cooking oil and 1/2 tsp. mild dish soap to 1 qt. of water and spray plants. If you have trouble with powdery mildew or black spot, you can add 2 tbsp. baking soda to the above mixture.
      Another spray is 1 tsp. orange oil to 1 gallon of water. Spray and completely saturate the foilage.

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