Ladybug Success!

Ever since we decided to make our garden chemical free, we’ve wanted to attract ladybugs and bees naturally.  It’s been a huge struggle, and I don’t know why.  We’ve got all sorts of plants that attract both bugs, but there just seems to be something driving them away.  Maybe it’s because the city sprays?? Who knows.  Well about two weeks ago I checked out the garden and became very discouraged by a huge aphid infestation that had somehow shown up during our 2 weeks straight of thunderstorms.  I was ready to rip out my plants-it being close to the end of growing season, anyway-and give up on the idea of a natural garden.  Luckily for me, I decided to wait a few weeks and just see what happened.  We had success!

Hello, friend!

So, it turns out that if you really do just have faith and do nothing when you see aphids, you will get help from Mother Nature.  The amount of aphids seems to be greatly diminished already, and I only found 2 ladybugs around the garden!  So, naturally, I decided to keep my plants growing until they’re done.  It’s a good thing, too, because it appears we’ve got a fresh crop of okra and cherry tomatoes, and our peppers and eggplant finally appear to be doing something.  We’ve had a rough go of it with this garden, but no one can say we haven’t learned anything (one thing for sure is to trust nature and leave things alone!)

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