How I Beat Aphids This Year (I think?)
In the past I have used soap sprays with neem, or shot them off with the garden hose. I had a friend tell me that aphids are attracted to ailing plants, and it was so frustrating at the time because it really didn't answer my question, which was what to do with about the aphids taking over my garden.
This year I started to get aphids again on a few of my plants, and I sprayed them off with the hose and then fertilized. I just used dried up goat manure and watered it in well. I'm sure you can use anything else. I was ready to pull out my collards since I thought this was the end for them, but the aphids didn't come back and they're growing really well. Could it be that my soil just needed to be amended and I didn't realize it? Maybe the lack of nutrients was making my plants sick and attracting aphids?
I really think this may be the case because the only beds I've seen aphids in this year are the ones I didn't fertilize. All the other beds are new and filled with compost from my animals. The plants in those beds require less watering and are healthier. What do you think?