Swiss Chard and Aphids: Part II – Cut It Back!

by on January 24, 2012

A few months ago I was battling the aphids again, this time on my Swiss chard plants, the three that I’ve had for nearly two years. After numerous attempts of spraying with organic pesticides and hosing the aphids off I decided to change methods. Cut it back! This was my mother’s trick in the garden – if something wasn’t doing well, she cut it back. I cut off all of the leaves with aphids on them and only left a few small baby-sized leaves on the stems. A month later, my chard was back and looking good. Yahoo, it worked!

And then on one of the plants, I found some of those black aphids on the back of one of the medium-sized leaves. UGH! This time, I tried something new. I washed off the leaves and smeared my worm castings all over the plant. I did this once per week. Another month passed and no aphids.

For your next battle with aphids or disease – try cutting back the plant. If the infestation is really bad, smear worm castings all over the leaves and stems as a protective barrier. Your plant will thank you.

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Carol Carimi Acutt

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