The war on aphids has begun

I’ve grown broadbeans twice before, and have never had any issues with pests. If anything, it seemed like they were immune. Although there is quite a bit of time between sowing and harvesting, I always like to grow them. Not only do they taste good, but they have a pretty flower that attracts bees to my garden.

This year, I’ve recently noticed that some of the leaves near the bottom of the plants are a bit yellow and dying. On closer inspection I found the cause. Aphids.

Now I generally don’t mind if there are ‘bad’ bugs in my garden. As long as they refrain from taking over, or doing so much damage that they kill my plants, then I’m all for allowing them to coexist with the ‘good’ bugs.

In cases like this however, when they seem to have had a population explosion, I have to declare war. Me and my trusty garden hose again a billion little aphids.

I probably shouldn’t say ‘little aphids’ because it makes them sound cute. Poor little aphids just want to eat and live like the rest of us. Well, not on my watch.

The sap-sucking vampires of the plant world are not going to destroy my broadbeans… and so the battle begins.

UPDATE (03.09.16): I always avoid the use of any pesticides or herbicides on my garden and lawn, so it can be a little tricky at times. I was using the garden hose to manage my aphid problem. A light spray on the broadbeans each morning, hosing off any aphids. This was working well until I broke the hose.

Now, I’ve found that if I hold my hand under the broadbean and shake the top, the aphids will fall onto my hands. I then give them to my chickies, who peck them up pretty quickly. This seems to be working quite well.

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