elder aphids, some winged & antsAphids are the very devil to get rid of. It is especially tough when your young seedlings are infested. Due diligence is the key…daily checks to ensure all seedlings are healthy…because a few aphids on a plant are a whole lot easier to deal with than a horde. And it never hurts to keep a close watch on your garden plants for any possible aphid damage…especially plants like roses and vegetables like cabbages and other brassicas.

The recipe:

1 quart (1 L) water
1 tbsp (15 ml) organic dish soap*
1 tsp (5 ml) cooking oil

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.
Shake well and spray infested plant every day to kill all aphids.

*Note: I always buy EcoMax which is an organic brand of dish soap, but that is just my preference. Bottom line: We are on septic so I am very careful about what goes down our drains. You can find this product and other organic brands of dish soap in the organic section of your supermarket.


Posted on May 5, 2018