It seems like every year there is a mini obstacle for me to overcome in our garden.
I take great joy in being surrounded by beautiful plants that I have put tons of love and work into, so to have an army of aphids run rapid on my sunflowers, lettuce, AND roses I knew I had to act quickly before they ruined all of my hard work.
I decided to break out the dish soap, yes that is right dish soap.
It kills the bugs onsite with out harming your plants with harmful chemicals. This is safe to use on all hardy stems and leaves. Although I wouldn't recommend using directly on finer blooms themselves.
I used the dish soap and water solution in a spray bottle and applied it in the morning before the sun hit the effected areas. That evening I mixed a tablespoon of neem oil in a gallon of water and continued to spray all of the plants in my garden. Neem oil is plant derived and also is safe to use around pets and children.
The aphid issue seems resolved for now but I will keep a close eye on my garden.