When planted in late summer, cool season crops like cabbage, collards, broccoli, kale, and turnips usually thrive with minimal care. One pest that can cause problems for these crops that has shown up in our area this fall is the aphid. Though individually tiny, aphids frequently occur in huge numbers and can cause serious problems for vegetable crops. Aphids are easy to manage both organically and conventionally, if they are detected before numbers get out of hand.
Inspect your cool season crops for aphids now. Especially check the backside of leaves, where aphids prefer to congregate (picture, left).
Learn more! Find out how to identify and control aphids in your garden. Read the rest of the story on the Pender County Cooperative Extension website: http://pender.ces.ncsu.edu/index.php?page=news&ci=LAWN+104.