Thursday, June 14, 2012

beneficial bugs and some jerks

Coccinellid
Lady Beetle
on my mesclun

Also on my mesclun this morning was a not so beneficial bug, 
a little cabbage looper munchin' on a leaf.
This is the year of the pests (and not the four legged kind that also sleep in our bed). Cutworms got two tomatoes and part of a row of radishes, not to mention kale leaves one by one. Aphids almost got the better of John Davis, but I took care of that - along with a colony of jerks ants left behind after the removal of the mugo pine and potentilla. Boiling water, cinnamon, and a little bit of commercial spray. I am going to win.

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