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Question: most of the plants in my garden seem to covered with a black gunk...could this be aphid poop? how do i stop the stuff and remove it?

Answer: Tom,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

It is not aphid poop. If it is larger than a BB you are probably seeing poop from a large caterpillar. I can't picture what you are describing so I suggest you take a sample to your County Extension Office and see if they can identify the problem and if necessary prescribe an appropriate remedy.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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