First time grower here! Any help will be need. I don’t think it’s to big of a deal but thought I would ask what y’all thought. 12 days in! Ok, so growing outdoor in soil! perlite, vermiculite, small amount of work castings (probably 5%), peat moss, and compost. Ph balanced between 6.5-6.8 haven’t added nuts yet! 2 out of the 5 seem to be bubbling and a couple ends have shriveled up. the last picture is one of the healthy plants
I just was looking around at the plants and looked underneath and found about 6 aphids under one of them the rest are fine. The plants were sitting next to my peas I plantEd so I took them off and moved the plants to a different location! And thank you I was getting a little worried I messed up already.
I thought they look pretty darn good for outdoor seedlings.
There is a household solution that can be fairly effective on aphids, but I don’t remember what it is. Diluted white vinegar maybe? Look around on the web. I’m may be wrong about the vinegar, but I’m confident I have seen something like that more than once.
Vinegar and dish soap solutions are used to kill weeds etc. (Some ppl will add Epsom salt, thinking it will work like table salt, not realizing it will fertilize their weeds) If you mix just a little dish soap in some water, this is effective against aphids. Soap is an insecticide and works well for killing soft-bodied insects on contact. I would advise against the lady bugs, unless you are collecting them from your region. Introducing non-native species to your garden can cause complications.
@Slatter21 just chill out and see what they look like in a few weeks. If it is aphids or some other critter you can see, just grab them and kill them when you see them. Your plants are small right now so it wouldnt be hard to inspect 100% of the foliage. Maybe make a ring around the plants with rocks or wood to keep crawling pests out.
Vinegar at any amount kills microbes that the plant needs I thought. I understand it will KILL aphids and that in itself disrupts the food web in the soil, but it may also kill other life forms causing more problems in the long term than solving any
Then you missed my point. I didnt mean complications in the garden. I meant for native species. By introducing non-native species of insects, you’re also introducing non-native diseases etc that the native species don’t have immunities to. @Shyguy420