|Italian parsley and basil|
|My tomato plants, mint, and rosemary|
|cosmos and zinnias|
I started up my little balcony garden again this year. Trying my hand at two new kinds of tomatoes, and a handful of herbs and flowers. The tomato plants are definitely not as full and bushy as they were last year, but I'm thinking it's just because they're a different kind (I wanted something a little bigger this year, as opposed to the tiny, cherry tomatoes I grew last year). Swiss chard is also a new addition this year, thanks to my friend Kelly giving me her extra seeds.
And the aphids are back this year, but this time, I was ready for them. I use a mixture of water, dish soap, and garlic oil. It's extremely effective, but I have to spray my plants every day, and sometimes the oil in the spray burns the leaves if it's a very sunny day. I got one good harvest of my lettuce greens, but the aphids love my lettuce, and eventually, despite all my spraying, I had to just pull it up. But all the other plants seems to be doing ok.
I will defeat you, aphids: my tiny, green enemy!!