So my regular ladybugs weren’t working out. They were active, but not as numerous as I’d like, and the aphids keep trying to take over the Sun Gold.
There is a solution to this dilemma. And they’re native ladybugs to boot. Had to store them in the fridge for a while.
My insane employee discount has raised its head again. The procedure for releasing them is kinda involved, but it works.
You have to wait til it’s dusk. Or dawn, but dusk was more acceptable to me.
First things first you have to spray down the plants you’re releasing the ladybugs on. This gives them water to drink.
Oh boy. That’s a lot of bugs. I tipped in some ladybugs into each pot or bed with aphids. Then I sprayed them down with a little more water so they could drink.
In the morning I saw aphids- and their predators circling their prey.
Not all of the ladybugs made it- a few I tipped into the cauliflower were clearly dead, as a few I put on the herbs.
But they’re reproducing like mad, and I await the hungry larvae.
And while I’m sure a few are going to travel to the neighbors- quite a few of the ones flying around are just going to my other plants. So I have that going for me.
This was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever done- but hey, fuck aphids.