4 tips for keeping aphids out of the garden and vegetables

In the fight against aphids, natural solutions to eliminate them are often mentioned. Whether you use a solution based on black soap or garlic soup, but there are also plenty of tips for getting rid of them, such as ladybugs (scarecrows that scare aphids). However, we can also use preventative solutions to protect the plants in the garden and thus limit the risk of intrusion! This is how we avoid the endless battle against these harmful pests that we would be able to do without (and also our plantations!). Do prevention by familiarizing yourself with these very simple methods to keep aphids out of your garden and vegetable spot without pesticide-filled pesticides.

1) Plant repellent plants to keep aphids away

calendula flowers in a vegetable garden
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With their strong odor, some plants tickle the sense of smell of these unwanted pests and keep them away. So we can sow these repellent plants around and at the base of the plants you want to protect to keep aphids at bay. In this respect, the calendula is the most famous plant. Its natural repellency is simply exceptional. It is especially used around tomato plants to create a protective barrier. And in addition, it also expels whiteflies (or whiteflies) that are dangerous to plants.

Other aphid repellents:

-Lavender and mint or peppermint, also effective against most unwanted insects
– Tansy, wormwood or neem (all three can also be used in soup or as a repellent)
– Anthemis
– Chasteberry
-Osmanthus, which also repels Colorado beetles, flies and mosquitoes
-Tulbaghia, an ideal flowering tree for an ornamental garden or vegetable garden and for rose beds (but should be avoided with certain vegetables such as beans and peas)
-And finally the calendula together with the calendula to increase efficiency!

2) Plant flowers that attract aphids elsewhere

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You can make a round trip inviting plants to your garden that attract aphids so much thatthey will turn away from your other plants. For example, you can plant nasturtium near the fruits and vegetables in your plant so that they remain completely invisible to the eyes of these insects. Plus, nasturtiums repel beetles that attack your potatoes so hard! By the way, you can also grab their attention with Roman chamomile, which helps promote the growth of onions, garlic and leeks.

3) Apply repellent manure to keep aphids away

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We often think of using manure as a treatment to remove insects. However, they are used less for prevention and it is a shame as it gives excellent results against attacking insects! The best example is nettle manure used in irrigation, which has a strong repellency and also strengthens plants. Then they are less vulnerable to attacks! Alternatively, you can also use a rue officinalis, also excellent against snails. Finally, decoction of climbing ivy for insecticide and insect repellent twice a week. Roses love this ivy!

4) Other products to apply to the garden to keep them away

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You can share these little beasts and ants away coffee grounds at the base of a plant or plant broken matches in the country around them. Otherwise, for those with a wood stove or fireplace, it is a good idea to store the ashes very carefully for use in the garden. You can spread them in the vegetable garden to banish aphids and snails forever.

Remember that as aphids develop and a colony of a large number of individuals is found in the leaves, stems and roots of roses and other horticultural plants from which they absorb juice, it greatly weakens the plantations and also makes them more susceptible to cryptogenic diseases (also called fungal diseases). By preventing aphids from arriving, we make sure our plants stay healthy. This is more effective than stopping an already widely reported attack that can kill some plants before you can even take action.