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Greens' Diseases & Insects (page 2 of 2)

by National Gardening Association Editors

Aphids and Friends

Aphids and leafhoppers can be a nuisance in some gardens. These insects can spread certain diseases among lettuce plants. Aphids are soft-bodied, pear-shaped and may be green, yellow or purple. Leafhoppers are light greenish-yellow, small but quite active. Spray with insecticidal soap at 10-day intervals to discourage these pests. Keep weeds under control in and around the garden since they can harbor leafhoppers.

The more pungent greens like chicory and curly cress seem to have fewer insect visitors than the milder-flavored ones.

For more information on identifying insects and diseases on your greens, and methods and products to control them, contact your local county Extension agent. He or she will be familiar with the problems that are most likely to be troublesome in your area.

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