Monday, July 27, 2009


One day I walked out to the vegetable garden and discovered some very limp cantaloupe leaves. I was surprised because nothing else in the area was wilted. Then I turned over the leaves and there to my horror was the reason for the wilting. Local ants had set up an aphid farm on the plant. The undersides of the leaves were crawling with aphids with ants scurrying amongst them. I sprayed the leaves down with water but it was too late. The plant continued to decline and is now a few limp sad leaves hanging on. Aphids haven't been much of a problem for me. This was just a bad year. If you have aphid problems, the easiest solution is to take the water hose and spray them off. Tender plants might need some support. A good article on aphid control is found at
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