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tonight I am out inspecting my tomatoe plant who seem very healty and happy all green and blooming when

i see what looks like someone sprinkled some salt on a leaf. I ick the leaf off check out the white powder and

turn the leaf to find aphids attacking my beautiful plants. So I know how to get rid of them. Tomorrow morning I am heading to Summerwinds to buy ladybugs. My questions is what draws the aphids. If healthy plants don't get bugs why am i being terrorized all of a sudden by the nasty little plant sucking fiends. I do know a neighbor has had a severe infestation on her flowers so I am assuming due to breeding the are moving to my place. My plants really seem healthy nothing funky happing this year no leaf curl no yellowed leaves. I am paying attention to my ph (I am using apple cider vinegar once a week). Any input???

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Comment by Barbara Middleton on April 12, 2010 at 9:57pm
I don't know if you had noticed, but there is an extensive discussion about aphids on the forum page also. Check out the Latest Activity bar on the right for a link to the discussion "I'm in trouble... mmmmhmmmm... big trouble!" Good information in both places. We also have a big problem at our place - the little buggers are sucking the life out of our bell peppers too.
Comment by Treasa on April 12, 2010 at 7:25pm
I will try that because the nursery was out of lady bugs . I don't have a huge infestation and my praying mantids shoud be hatching any day now. But I like the repellant.

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