My habit of buying a few cans of ladybugs to release in my garden every year has payed off in ways I hadn't imagined. I haven't gotten a new can this year yet, mostly due to inertia, and while I will- I've gotten a wonderful present from past me. You see, it isn't just pest … Continue reading The awakening army, 2022
I keep laying down the ladybug law in my garden and it's starting to bear fruit. Well, more larvae then fruit. Sometimes plants that don't look obviously aphidy can also have a small or large infestation. My sage in terracotta that's right below the hanging tomato basket has been lousy with ladybug larvae- a sign … Continue reading Operation airlift
3000 new recruits in the ever-ongoing war against aphids! I lucked out the day I got them- very foggy and overcast which meant a mid-day release. Normally of course you have to wait til dusk, so that the little ladies are tricked into thinking that the garden was always their home. But when it's wet … Continue reading 2021’s Ladybug onslaught
As I was hard at work constructing the new bed that isn't ready yet- I noticed a gorgeous green aphid climbing on my new metal construct. Time to see if the ladybug lures work! It's a little tablet filled with pheromones and if you sort of cut it and hang it on a branch it'll … Continue reading Ladybug bonanza
Well I finally cracked and did it. I bought a 5 gallon bucket. Because really, who doesn't need a bucket? I had a bucket- but I tried to do bucket compost in it and then forgot about it for 5 years and when I opened it... So I have a new bucket. Why do I … Continue reading My new bucket.