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Aphids are the major reason why our kale meets its end in March. Time for something new.

YouTube: Battling Aphids without Bug Spray

Our latest video is timely as the winter gardening season winds down. Some crops grow tired at the end of the season, as indicated by massive aphid infestations on greens like kale, chard, and spinach. Our latest YouTube video shares tricks for battling aphids without resorting to insect sprays.

We share 3 techniques to fight off aphids to prolong your harvest a little longer. Using worm castings, a jet spray, pruning, or a combination of all three, you can drastically reduce your aphid population for a fresh start.

Watch How We Battle Aphids

Christy shares her tricks for battling aphids.


For more information and other ideas for keeping aphids at bay, check out this blog post.

Our favorite brand of worm castings comes from the folks at Organic Solution.

Invite beneficial insects to your garden like ladybugs. Grow beneficial insectary plants to attract them and other good bugs. This creates balance so you don’t have to work as hard.

Aphids on kale plants in late February

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Suzanne

    Hi, I’ve done the blasting before and have always wondered, the water spray doesn’t actually kill the aphids it just moves them off the plant, right? Since they are now sitting in the garden, how long does it take them to get right back up and re-infest the same or another plant? Isn’t just a temporary delay?

    1. Christy

      Blasting with water does something. Most of the time, if the aphid has inserted its proboscis into the leaf surface, the aphid is dismembered as you blast them with water. The proboscis is left behind as the body is washed away. Keep at it. It does help reduce the population.

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