It seems I can’t keep the aphids away these days. I must admit, I got pretty busy with UrbanFig and before I knew it, my chard was COVERED in black aphids. My current method (or shall I say attempt?) of getting rid of the aphids is this:
- First I cut off ALL of the leaves infested with aphids (be sure the check the bottom-side of the leaves because that’s where aphids like to hang out.
- I hosed off the rest of the aphids (be sure to use a good nozzle with a powerful spray). Good riddance!
- I sprayed the rest of the plant with worm leachate (I was lucky enough to have quite a bit in my worm bin). This can act like an inhibitor, warding off little bugs.
- “Mulch” the bottom of the chard with worm castings. This is to give the plant nutrition and strengthen its immune system.
Now I have to wait to see how it works. I think this chard is pretty sturdy, I’ve had it growing for over a year and it has been incredibly prolific. Crossing fingers! Will report back soon.
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