You know what they are–those tiny little grey, green, black, or other-colored beetles that gather in clusters on the backs of your vegetable plant leaves. The spread of the infestation is so quick you are almost ready to just use the most effective pesticide on the store shelves. Only that goes against your better judgment, and the rules of your organically grown garden. So your question is how to get rid of aphids without pesticides?
Aphids are definitely a tough nut to crack once they’ve grown into a large enough infestation in your garden. They suck the leaves dry and eventually kill off even your most productive plants. If you don’t jump on managing the infestation, it won’t take long before they decimate the plants in your garden.
How to Get Rid of Aphids
Getting rid of aphids naturally and organically isn’t difficult, but it can be time consuming. It takes some concerted daily effort to eradicate an aphid colony, but it definitely can be done.
One of the very best things you can do to keep aphids at bay is to pay attention to what’s happening in your garden. Taking a stroll each morning will help you get familiar with what your plants look like. Because you know what they look like when they are healthy, you will know right away when your plants are infested or diseased. This will help you to know right away that you need to take some action.
For aphids, it usually takes about 1-2 weeks of daily investigation of the undersides of leaves and stems of plants. It’s somewhat of a pain to have to do this every day, but it can be the difference between saving your plants and losing them all. You will definitely be glad that you were able to eradicate such an aggressive colony of aphids. It truly is a victory to be able to save your plants without using harsh pesticides!
Organic pesticides derived from natural, lightly processed ingredients, are still pesticides. It is for that reason that I personally will try my best to avoid them if I can. With a few weeks of consistent care and daily observation, pests can be removed from your plants for good.
For more detailed information on how to get rid of aphids naturally and organically, check out this guest post that I wrote for the Beanpost Farmstead Blog. This post is part of a Gardening Collaborative Series, so make sure to check out some of the other great gardening posts in the series! And don’t forget to grab your free Natural and Organic Pest Control Cheat Sheet!