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As Kenny Rogers sang in The Gambler, “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. Know when to walk away and know when to run.”
Sometimes as a gardener/ farmer you know to know when it’s time to give up on something, pull it out, and move on. It could be a plant that’s about to give up the ghost and die despite trying everything or it could be two fairly healthy broccoli plants that get overrun with aphids.

Last year I grew broccoli completely aphid free until the very end when the plants went to flower. I pulled all those plants out and we were broccoli free for about a month before I started new seeds in a new area. Maybe it’s because they know where I live now, but these plants were only just producing their first florets when I noticed the bugs. They’re kind of really icky and blend in to the broccoli, maybe you’ve seen them before if you get farm produce:

These broccoli aphids will completely infest florets and are hard to get rid of. Not worth the effort. Besides, in about a month it’s time to put the Brussels sprouts in their place and hope that these bugs are broccoli specific.

Have you ever needed to simply remove a plant and cut your losses? Do you now have Kenny Rogers stuck in your head? I have a solution for that last one.

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