If you’re a keen gardener like me you will notice that the warmer months seem to breed all manner of pests, Aphids being one of them and I’m always looking for natural ways to protect my Garden. Aphids can cause the most damage and thrive when the temperatures are warm but not hot which is why it’s so important to keep an eye out during this time.
Aphids move rather slowly and are actually very easy to manage naturally which is why I was keen to share with you my tried and tested advice for tackling aphids organically.
Most commercial insect repellents contain toxic chemicals which are harmful for the environment - such as DEET, Carbamates and neonicotinoids - they are not only detrimental to human health and pets but can also cause serious damage to bees destroying ecosystems. Their toxic ingredients don’t biodegrade and stay in our environment for years and years, which is why I wanted to create a natural, organic choice.
How to stop aphids naturally
It’s so important to me to avoid chemical solutions which is why I wanted to come up with a natural alternative which is pet safe, bee safe and 100% organic. Made with the essential oil of the Cedrus Tree, known for its effectiveness in repelling Aphids, our natural Aphid repellent is a lovely plant safe repellent which biodegrades, is environmentally safe and also helps to deter lice and weevils. I mist my herbs and roses to help deter the Aphid from laying their eggs. It’s safe to use on all of your plants including your edibles.
How to get rid of aphids organically
Gardeners have devised lots of ingenious tactics in the battle of insects in the determination to avoid nasty chemicals. A great way to deter aphids and the like, is to underplant with plants they hate.
Companion planting is a great way to organically get rid of aphids whilst also growing edibles for yourself, it's a win-win situation. These natural insect repellents include Nasturtium, Spearmint, southernwood, garlic, potatoes, parsley, basil, horseradish and stinging nettles.
How to control aphids without chemicals
Another way to repel Aphids is to employ natural predators. Create an environment that attracts predators to your garden by planting varieties they love. Clover, mint, dill, fennel and yarrow will lure ladybirds and Green Lacewings known to control aphids as a chemical free solution, or you can even purchase these insects online. You can also plant trap plants to lure aphids away from plants you are trying to protect; Zinnias, Dahlias, cosmos, asters, mustard and nasturtium are ideal.
Also make sure to keep your garden clear of dead plant material which may be harbouring aphid eggs over winter. You could even provide houses or grow small trees and shrubs for bug-eating birds, like wrens or chickadees to live in who will repay you by ridding you of your insect population.