2022 Project: Growing two plants from RocketFlower box I got from $Tree store
Issue: In 2021, I noticed aphids, and want to improve things this year
Intervention: There are chemical over-the-counter products and also DIY natural methods.
<20220227 PENDING> — Wait until plants are outside. Seedlings right now.
Suggestion from article:
Soap and water:
Make a homemade aphid spray by mixing a few tablespoons of a pure liquid soap (such as castile) in a small bucket of water. (Avoid using detergents or products with degreasers or moisturizers.) Apply with a spray bottle directly on aphids and the affected parts of the plant, making sure to soak the undersides of leaves where eggs and larvae like to hide. The soap dissolves the protective outer layer of aphids and other soft-bodied insects, eventually killing them. It doesn’t harm birds or hard-bodied beneficial insects like lacewings, ladybugs or pollinating bees. You can also purchase ready-to-use insecticidal soaps online or at a local nursery.