Saturday, June 26, 2010

We get by with a little help from our (six-legged) friends

Last year we wrote about how we handled an aphid invasion of our columnar apple tree. We weighed the various ways to rid your garden of aphids, and personally chose to just spray them off with water.

It worked last year but they're back this year, and they brought some friends along. So we bought some friends of our own. About a thousand chilled ladybugs to be exact.

An hour before nightfall, we warmed up the critters and released them on our garden. They sort of went crazy, swarming out of the bag and onto all the plants. They must have been hungry because a couple of days later there were no aphids to be seen.

Good riddance. See you next year? If so, we know who our friends are.


Talina said...

We've done that too and it works beautifully!

Bonnie Story said...

Fantastic! Great testimony that chemicals just stink... go bugs go!