* ladybugs vs. aphids

Posted on July 25th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden.

My poor broccoli is being swarmed by aphids.  I’ve been washing them off with the hose every day, but they are back the next day as gross as ever.  I fed the chickens my one lone stalk of broccoli that I’ve gotten so far this year.  I just could not wash away all the aphids and it was too off-putting.  I ate one of the clean side shoots and it was delicious, lucky chickens.  Lester gobbled it up.

We were at the Fred Meyer this weekend buying winter seeds to plant in my new! fourth! raised! bed! and they had bags of ladybugs as an impulse buy at the cash registers.  We actually had already checked out, but Mark goaded me into going back for them.  There were zillions in the bag!  We waited until nightfall and let them free in the garden.

I was pretty convinced they would all just fly away, but this evening, I found them feasting on aphids!


Eat, my ladies, eat!

3 Responses to “ladybugs vs. aphids”

  1. jenn Says:

    I have quit buying anything in the brassica family because of aphids. Disgusting aphids! Maybe I’ll try ladybugs, I’m amazed that it actually works. I have heard that planting brussels sprouts and other aphid loving plants now is good, supposedly the aphids are less likely to take over.

  2. maitreya Says:

    So it didn’t end up working very well. A few weeks later and I haven’t seen a lady bug for a while. The aphids are worse than ever :(

  3. Andrea Says:

    I am petty sure the lady bug larva only eat the aphids not the mature lady bugs. I don’t know why they sell the big lady bugs at garden shops. Just to be cute


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