Organic Aphid Control for the Conscious Gardener

It’s that time of the year, my friends. For those of us in Florida, it’s already here. Aphids have latched onto my Calendula and Oleander already, and I fear it won’t be long before they’re on my flowering tomato plants. For those of you a little farther north and/or west, you may not have these little buggers yet (and hopefully you won’t), but just in case, here are a couple organic remedies to try:

1. Good, old-fashioned powerful blast of water: Yellow aphids have made their way to my oleander more than once. They latch onto newly forming flower buds and attempt to suck them dry. Instead of putting any harmful sprays or costly organic sprays on them, I go right for the hose. With the nozzle on the most powerful setting possible, I go for broke. Holding each flower cluster in my hand, I spray all sides. The aphids fall off in an instant amd the grass and neighboring plants get a nice watering. At first, I was afraid that the aphids would latch onto other plants, but that’s never happened. Because they’re soft-bodied, I’m not sure they survive the blast. This works every single time, but you’ve got to be thorough when spraying.

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2. Soapy water: My friend Justin Gay from the Seeds of Xanxadu has a YouTube video called “How I Handle Aphids.” Not only does he show how to identify them, but he shows exactly how to mix the concoction and how/when to spray. Besides, he’s a really engaging guy and fun to watch. Click here for the video.

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10 thoughts on “Organic Aphid Control for the Conscious Gardener

  1. I recently attend agriculture and horticulture fair in Netherlands where I came across Koppert biological system. They do pest management by using natural methods for pest control. I think they have a product to control Aphids. The link to the website is http://www.koppert.com. Hope it is helpful.

  2. You are so right! My gardens are doing at least as well if not better since I got them off the junk and went organic. Can I get an “Amen!” Thanks for introducing us to Justin. I’ll see if I can find where else to follow him. Regarding the black swallowtail, if you’ve got the space, put out one or more of their food plants and see if you can get them to lay eggs and you can raise their caterpillars. I once reared one I named Stinky (because they have these foul smelling horns they evert when threatened) on a parsley plant. Their larvae, chrysalis and adult forms are all beautiful and more than worth the sacrifice of a parsley or carrot.

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