We knew that we wanted to do something to eradicate these pests without the use of nasty chemicals on the food we have worked so hard to grow, so we went to the local nursery and picked up some of nature's pest control: ladybugs and praying mantis.
I was disappointed to find that the praying mantises won't hatch from their egg sack for two weeks, when we need them to eat our squash bugs yesterday. The good news is that we are having lots of fun checking the sack every day for signs of a breakout. We anticipate around 300 baby praying m's when that day comes. Hurray!
The ladybugs were another story, however. We followed the instructions of the people at the nursery. We waited until bedtime (hence the pajamas) and watered the garden well, then released the ladybugs. The boys, who are not as avid bug fans and many kids out there, really enjoyed having the little beauties crawling all over them. They discovered it was a great day for a feast and went right to work on those aphids.
Thank goodness that we haven't seen any more of these wretched things--a few weeks ago, one turned up in our garden and we were bracing ourselves for an infestation of
We are loving the free produce and the tomatoes that make our salsa taste like it has sugar in it! We have plans to grow many more new fruits and vegetables in our expanded garden next year.