One of the most notorious garden pests, Aphids are a potential thorn in the side of any seasoned gardener. If left untreated, these little mites can potentially overrun a vegetable garden in its entirety. Thankfully there are some natural solutions that will enable you to kill or prevent Aphids while ensuring your own vegetables aren’t being covered in dangerous pesticides.
1. Aphid Repelling Plants
There are actually a fairly large list of plants that you can keep around your garden to ensure that you are safe from an aphid infestation. Simply plant these additions and your all your worries will be out of your hair in no time.
When moving to ensure your garden is aphid-free, be sure to avoid these plants as they will actually attract aphids to your area:
- Crape Myrtle
2. Aphid Killing and Repelling Natural Spray Recipes
If you don’t have time to grow several different plants or already are suffering from an Aphid infestation, these natural spray recipes are completely safe to humans while being both incredibly lethal to the insects as well as largely unpleasant to them as well.
As with all natural sprays, you’ll want to more regularly and consistently apply this recipe to ensure the effects are continued.
Dandelion Aphid Spray: Mix 400 grams of dandelion leaves into 10 liters of water before letting steep for at least 3 hours. Then, pour the liquid into a spray bottle and spray on any affected or desired plants.
Garlic Aphid Spray: Great as a deterrent, mix 100 grams of crushed garlic cloves into about 4 liters of water. Then let that steep for over 24 hours before boiling the mixture for just around 20 minutes. After it has cooled down, pour it into a spray bottle and spray directly onto and around the affected plants.
Onion Aphid Spray: Similar to garlic, onion is a great method of repelling aphids. Mix 100 grams of shredded onion into 8 liters of water and boil for roughly 30 minutes. After it has cooled down, pour it into a spray bottle and spray directly onto any affected plants as well as all around the affected area.
If you use these natural methods, your aphid infestation worries will be a thing of the past. What’s more, you won’t have had to use any potentially dangerous chemicals to do it!