A blog about my adventures as a professional garden writer, radio show host and obsessive veggie gardener! My first book, the award-winning, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener, was published in 2012 and Groundbreaking Food Gardens hit shelves in March 2014!
What veggie gardener (or flower gardener, for that matter!) hasn't encountered aphids at some point? I see them several times a season, typically settled on plants like corn, artichokes and occasionally my peppers. For this reason, I try and include 'trap crops' around my susceptible edibles. Nasturtiums are my favourite aphid trap crop because we can eat them, they entice beneficials/pollinators and they look fabulous!
Here's an example of an effective trap crop at work! My peppers are aphid free.. but the nasturtium planted nearby is infested. It's been this way for weeks, but still no aphids on the peppers.