Sunday, April 1, 2012

under attack

Some of the vegetable plants we have started don't look so good. On closer inspection we discovered why..there are aphids on them. Daily we will spray these sap suckers off of the plants, will hand pick to insure they are off.

The warm weather we had for a couple of weeks allowed bugs to hatch. Bugs we don't usually see until later in the year. We do not yet have any Praying Mantis or ladybugs out..each one of those eats many aphids in a short time..so will use other methods to help the plants survive.

2 comments:

  1. I hope that the aphid-eating syrphid flies are there. They are just as good as lady beetles and preying mantids.
    http://pollinatingbee.blogspot.com/2009/10/syrphus-fly-pollinator-and-aphid-eater.html
    http://bugguide.net/node/view/12619

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  2. Thank you! I did not know there was another that eats aphids..and it looks like I should be planting these to really bring the syrphid flies: alyssum, Iberis umbellata, statice, buckwheat, chamomile, parsley, and yarrow.

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