Speaking of Aphids
I have Milkweed that we planted last year in an attempt to attract monarchs. It worked, except that the monarchs did not cocoon at all, probably due to a lack of foliage down low to the ground. The worry I have is that the aphids have gotten started early. I am worried that the pest control on the aphids will harm the monarchs. I have sprays to rid us of aphids, but I was not sure they would be safe. Same with the soapy water trick. Will that effect the monarchs as well? What about the cocoons? How can we encourage them?