Hi Patrick.

Johnny's has a back back sprayer that holds 4 gallons of water for about $100.  We have one, but we use it for foliar spray of manganese, kelp/and or fish on a regular basis, so although I would be glad to lend it to you, the lending would be really short term and may not meet your schedule at all.  

Have you tried just washing them off with a strong spray of water?  That would be my first line of defense!  Also you are probably right, the lush growth is an indication of more than enough nitrogen, which in my mind is like creating a "diabetic" plant - too much "sugar"seems to attract the insects, as it weakens the plant.   So a little extra water won't hurt anything now, and may even reduce the ratio a little..........????????


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Vicki Morrone 
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: 7/21/2006 3:31:58 PM 
Subject: expereince and availability of a fogger sprayer??

Dear Growers, 
The manager of the student farm, Jeremy Moghtader asked me to help out if I could. Well we do have a listserv and perhaps some of you have experience with foggers, may like to rent one or could share your experience with Patrick at Earthworks garden in Detroit. Here is his note. Please send him your advice through the listserv and he will receive it. Or if you prefer you can email him directly at and make it attn Patrick.
Hope someone can help him out.
this is Patrick at earthworks in detroit. 
I have a little problem, and was hoping you or John might be 
able to guide me in the proper direction. 
I have a serious outbreak of aphids in my asparagus.  now, I usually 
just let things work themselves out and don't worry to much as 
I feel like spraying tends to just cause more problems, but its only 
the third year, and my research leads me to think that since 
the plants are so young it could cause there long term productivity 
to suffer, and there are just a ton, a ton of aphids. 
Since the foliage of the asparagus is so dense and lush (likely 
part of the reason for such huge outbreak) using a sprayer wouldn't 
really work.  I need one of them backpack foggers. 
so the first question is do you know if there is some sort of list serve or something 
that I could post a request to borrow one.  or is there a farmers co-op that rents them.  I 
would really prefer that it not have been used by conventional growers though. 
and second I was thinking it might be best to just buy one, since I'm certain I'll have 
to make 3 or 4 apps to get everything in check.  plus I suspect it would be a handy thing 
to have around since we have a good number of fruit plants that I'm just waiting to start having 
problems of some sort.  I can't afford one of the really fancy ones, even if I could it seems sort of silly to have such a powerful one for such a small operation.  I was looking at something a little cheaper, and was wondering if you had an experience with them.  I just don't want to 
get something that's a total piece of crap.  see example here 
thanks for all you time and help, and if you know nothing could you pass this on to someone who could.  hope your season is going well. 
M. Patrick Crouch 
Greenhouse Manager / Field Coordinator 
Earthworks Garden Project, Detroit, MI 
Vicki Morrone
Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist
Michigan State University
C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems
303 Natural Resources Bldg.
East Lansing, MI 48824
517-282-3557 (cell)
517-353-3834 (fax)
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