Oh, how I hate aphids. I start my pepper plants indoors, from seed, and every single year I have an aphid problem. Not that aphids are discriminating. They love vegetables and flowers alike. And they travel in packs - huge, ever reproducing packs.
If you can catch an aphid problem early, it is possible to hose them away with a strong blast of water. But we all know they'll be back. About.com's Organic Gardening Guide, Colleen Vanderlinden, offers recipes for two safe, but effective, Homemade Sprays for Fighting Aphids.
Let's face it, we all encounter an aphid or 2 in our gardens. (Who am I kidding? When have you ever seen 1 or 2 aphids?) Take a look and be prepared when the little pests put in an appearance.
Photo: © Marie Iannotti