How To Protect Cucumbers From Pests Without Using Chemicals: 2  Main To Do Immediatel

Aphids can cause significant problems for gardeners. Despite their tiny size, these pests can inflict considerable damage on vegetable and fruit crops. The most frustrating part is that their appearance during the fruiting period leaves limited options for effective control.

Aphids reproduce rapidly, and if they infest your cucumber bed, you should act quickly to eliminate them, even manually if necessary. It’s easier to address the problem at the onset than to deal with a full-blown infestation later.

However, if the infestation has already occurred, you can still repel aphids from fruit-bearing cucumbers without using chemicals. Here’s how:

How to Deal with Aphids

The key is persistence. Treat the plants regularly, at least once a week, using these methods:

  1. Soap and Ash Solution:
    • Grate a bar of laundry soap (natural tar soap can also be used) or use liquid soap without aromatic additives.
    • Mix the soap in 5 liters of hot, clean water and add 1 cup of wood ash.
    • Stir well and use this solution to spray your plants.
  2. Wood Ash Infusion:
    • Mix 1 kg of wood ash in 10 liters of water.
    • Let the mixture sit for 24 hours.
    • Before using, add 2-3 tablespoons of grated or liquid laundry soap to the infusion.
    • Spray the plants with this solution over two days.

By following these tips and maintaining regular treatments, you can protect your cucumbers from pests without resorting to chemical solutions.