Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Aphid Holocaust: Day 1 - Biological warfare

Previously on Albert's Garden -- I planted lots of plants: sage, lavender, achillea, lithodora, parsley, chives, rose cuttings.  All was harmonious, beautiful, and fragrant.  Then one day, I found my sage bush wasn't green with leaves; it was green with aphids.  I tried to contain it.  I pruned off the infected branches.  I sprayed with neem soap/oil.  They just kept spreading and spreading.

Just when I thought all hope was lost, I remembered an experiment I wanted to try in elementary school but didn't had the money, attention span, or parental approval to try.  I wanted to get a bunch of ladybugs and feed them.  Feed them aphids.

This week on Albert's Garden --

Awww yeah.  That's 1500 ladybugs right there.  1500 very hungry and disgruntled ladybugs (they did just spend three days in the US Postal system after all).  I sprinkled about half of them all over my garden.  They made satisfactory little *tink tink tink* sounds as they fell into place on my plants.  I look forward to tomorrow when the aphids realize that though my last name may not be Bauer, they've pissed off the wrong gardener.  Say hello to my little friends you leaf suckers!

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