I want to provide the necessary food for butterflies (monarchs). But planting fava also is worth a try, specially if you plant cattle fava (a cover crop, sold under the name of Banner), which is inexpensive and comes up very early in the spring. In loose-leaved varieties, like Butterhead, the insects are more readily apparent and can be viewed on the inner young leaves. It definitely needs some fine-tuning, but I'm hopeful about the prospects. You can, of course, resort to chemical controls too, but given that this is a food crop, eaten raw no less, I would steer clear. (Given how many ladybugs come in in the fall, there must be a heck of a lot of stuff for them to eat, then.). I would make life a bit toughter for them by letting the weather get at 'em for a while. If you really can’t stand to see another ad again, then please consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. Finally, aphids deposit significant amounts of honeydew on the leaves, which foster the growth of sooty mold. I do grow flowers in the veggie garden - mostly marigolds & nasturtiums, but this year I'm adding some others. For the moment, I've abandoned the thought of growing lettuce outdoors and am instead using my seedstarting setup to grow it inside. -Backsplash: so cheap! Well, my post was from last year, and I see it has re-surfaced. In addition, you can grow plants that attract aphids, like calendula and nasturtium, on the opposite side of your property; they may draw aphids away from the affected area. I have an infestation of aphids on my lettuce. I have to still talk to my dad, but I saw a great idea for a trellis here, so I'll see if my pops can help me out with it. Regular spraying is most effective for combating small-moderate infestations on hearty, established plants. Lastly, keep the area around the lettuce crop weed free to mitigate any other cozy hiding places for lettuce aphids. I ended up submerging the lettuce in a 5 gallon bucket with a constantly running hose, floating off thousands and thousands of aphids each moment, repeatedly plunging and swishing, and even after all of that I still had to bring them inside and scrub the leaves individually between my hands under running water. -gas range (and I love it!) Lauren Kurtz is a Naturalist and Horticultural Specialist. We got rid of the infected leaves and then sprayed the plants with dish soap veggie spray. It doesn’t hurt your plants and it doesn’t kill the aphids either. Slugs and snails – Slugs and snails adore the tender, young green lettuce and can voraciously erase any hint of seedlings almost as soon as they are planted. Titmice and other small birds also love to eat insects. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 284,271 times. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. To prevent aphids from coming back, try introducing insects that prey on aphids to your garden, like ladybugs and green lacewings. After washing the lettuce 3 times in the sink, I still couldn't enjoy it. It seemed to work really well. May not have been an issue with the more expensive cabinets...but to me I rather have the savings. You did not say what lettuce you grew with aphids. Plants may look wilted and sickly, and fail to thrive. Aphids suck the plant sap in the leaves and can kill the entire plant. You will also find a sticky honeydew trail they exude, which attracts ants. As gardeners, we can use this eagerness to break its bond to help keep our plants free from everyday pests, and our nutrient solutions free of anaerobic (bad) bacteria. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/4\/45\/Get-Rid-of-Aphids-Step-1-Version-3.jpg\/v4-460px-Get-Rid-of-Aphids-Step-1-Version-3.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/4\/45\/Get-Rid-of-Aphids-Step-1-Version-3.jpg\/aid3353857-v4-728px-Get-Rid-of-Aphids-Step-1-Version-3.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":345,"bigWidth":"728","bigHeight":"546","licensing":"

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