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I bet for some new CSA-ers (because I had this thought myself)  the first few harvest weeks in late May-Early June, seemed overwhelmingly packed with leaves, leaves, and more leaves.  Sure I can do spinach, I can do lettuce….but kale? The thought hadn’t come to my mind that the first crops to harvest are the leafy plants.

The facts are that leafy veggies like the cooler temperatures in the spring and they dig the moisture (hence the nice juicy leaves.)  But what to do with all collards and kale and bok choi…oh my!

So for some of you first timers out there (like myself) here is an awesome website that lets you in on some good facts about these lucscious leaves.

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It didn’t take long before I realized that although the greens were greener, and the tastes tastier, the bugs were a huge threat.  While planting my first row of bok choi, within my first hour, of my first day, I was told to chomp away on extra baby bok choi greens that needed to be pulled from the pots.

And chomp I did, until about half way through the row when Ilene came to see how everything was going.  Aphides.   Sneaky little guys hiding in the creases of the leaves.  Tons of them, and tons of them in my stomach.

“I knew we should’ve got the plants out of the hoop house earlier,”  Ilene told me, but with that she also said not to worry because they would try to kill off the pesky critters.

Me, being as new to the farming field as the baby bok choi were that day had no idea how you could possibly kill off hundreds of little aphides.  “I think milk works for aphides,” claimed Ilene.

Although those aphides seemed to clear themselves out with the unsteady early summer temperatures, I found out that not only is milk a good organic pesticide, but eggshells, garlic, and organic soaps can also do the trick.  No need to use pesticides that unleash harsh chemicals to the earth, simple natural tricks do the job just as well!

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