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So as some... ok... probably none of you know, James and I have started a garden. In an effort to have a nice and shareable yield, we have researched a ton of techniques, spent hours looking at materials and hunted down several strains of heirloom tomatoes and a few other plants (mostly peppers and spices). After a few of my pepper plants seemed to just crumble into death I got upset and began to question my green thumb.

Then several of our tomato plants started inexplicably wilting. I began to doubt soil composition, light exposure... and then tnday after a hunch I started exploring the wilting plants more closely. And low and behold... Aphids. Shitloads of them. After feeling the gardeners equivalent STD panic, I remembered that ladybugs are natural predators to the little green bastards sucking the life from my future salad trimmings... After a friend agreed, I made some calls and now... waiting to the dark of night (they fly away if dispersed in daylight)... Me and my 1500 new friends will engage the enemy.

I never thought I'd own or be proud of an army of ladybugs... but there you have it.

Date: 2011-05-31 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] djmadadam.livejournal.com
I really do enjoy gardening, but I think what I enjoy is the end product more than anything. That goes with a lot of things that require effort. The older I've gotten, the less effort I've wanted to put into anything. It's a sad affair. But, I'm at least glad I finally now have a place with enough fertile land around it that I can garden and have gardened.

Date: 2011-05-31 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirtlifterbear.livejournal.com
There's something magical about the thought of a flock of ladybugs!

Date: 2011-05-31 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andrewhime.livejournal.com
One of my old houses had a crack in it and every winter, ladybugs would invade. It was the second cutest invasion possible, behind koalas.

Date: 2011-05-31 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andrewhime.livejournal.com
Ladybugs rule!

Oh yeah, just go into edible gardening with the expectation that maybe you'll get some food out of it. Find what works and go with it. Don't sweat the small stuff. And NO CHEMICALS.


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