spider mites

spider mites

My in-progress patio garden has developed a spider mite problem. I've already lost my pots of eggplant, and they're making short work of my poor mandevilla and are moving into my camellia and bell peppers. Since I'm in a condo and have no patio spigot, I can't hose the plants down. Some of them are too large to practically haul inside to douse in the sink or tub on a regular basis. I do try to spray them down with a spray bottle, though, to keep them clean and wash some of the creatures away. I know pesticides often do more harm than good, destroying the mites' natural predators before they affect the mite population itself. Does anyone out there have any tried-and-true tricks that I can apply in my situation? My humble garden and I would appreciate any kind advice. Also, does anyone have experience making homemade seed tape? I've seen a couple of recipes online. I'm wondering if I can just make my own paper and set some seed in it. (Update: I found what I was looking for!)
photos: butterflies, monster lantana, blue salvia, rudbeckia

photos: butterflies, monster lantana, blue salvia, rudbeckia

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New piece….

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My new home sweet home.

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Photos from this week’s adventures in gardening

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limeys and yanks in nj

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What’s in my garden?