MISSING IN ACTION

Did you see this frightening article? So goes the butterfly …. so goes the rest

Local peeps, did you notice anything … or lack of anything, in your garden this year? We noticed a lack of beneficial and bad insects here at the homestead. I mean, it’s scary when we wonder where have all the aphids gone? What’s going on? No, it’s not that we like aphids, but our friends the ladybugs do and, with the lack of aphids, we don’t see any ladybugs either.

Any So Cal gardeners noticing the same?

 

Comments(8)

  1. Amy D. says:

    They must have all migrated to South Carolina – to my garden! I lost most everything except bell peppers, eggplants, carrots and greens. My tomatoes were pitiful from too much rain. The bugs got my squash, a lot of tomatoes, cucumber and most of the rest.

  2. Jackie of all Trades SpoolTeacher says:

    I think all your aphids were at Ms. SpoolTeacher’s house in AZ this summer. It was a less than successful season in general and it felt like it was the beneficial bugs missing. Thought it was because of failure to plant flowers soon enough. We have to take this global warming thing seriously. As well as our horrible American consumer-aholism.

  3. Evelyn Wray says:

    For near a decade I have planted butterfly gardens as santuary for the winged insects. This has lent itself as harbor for many insects including the delightful ladybug that lives `en mass throughout the yards and gardens here last summer. I don’t see the aphid but the ladybug must eat bc she is fat and thrived into this winter ruling the entire property, lol.

  4. Evelyn Wray says:

    For near a decade I have planted butterfly gardens as santuary for the winged insects. This has lent itself as harbor for many insects including the delightful ladybug that lives `en mass throughout the yards and gardens here last summer. I don’t see the aphid but the ladybug must eat bc she is fat and thrived into this winter ruling the entire property, lol.

  5. Jenny says:

    We had a lot of black aphids down here in Dana Point. There were a few ladybugs on them, but they could not eat enough of the aphids. I finally had to pull the Fava plants they were on. They only seemed to go after the Fava bean plants.

    • Mary says:

      If you plant a row of tobacco you will find that aphids among other unwanted pests will be attracted to the tobacco only. Since they will be centralized only on the tobacco you can deal with them as you wish. You will be astounded at the results

  6. Terri says:

    I had very little damage to my crops this year. I didn’t see any aphids in my Spring/Summer garden which is located on the GA coast, and that is pretty strange. Normally, I have an aphid problem every year but not so this year. BTW, I saw exactly ONE ladybug, and I also noticed that there weren’t many bees. I’ve been gardening for 30+ years and use only organic methods/materials.

  7. YuHbLOSPL3Ij says:

    I went to both public and pritave (catholic) schools growing up, and I found them equally good or bad, depending on the teachers. However, the public school system was established to ensure that all children had access to a quality education, if you continue to take funds away from the public school system it will of course continue to deteriorate. Saying that all pritave schools offer a better education doesn’t measure up when compared on a national level. We may need to look at problems that exist in our school systems, and all work to improve the results that the students need to succeed, but let us not pass laws that are unconstitutional that will destroy the great american legacy that most of us grew up in. Remember the countries that we are competing against have excellent public school systems, and I believe that we can compete with these countries, if we demand from parents, teachers and school boards the cooperation that is needed. We must also be willing to pay the best wages for quality teachers and expect them to maintain a high quality of certification in their field. In summary, send your children to religious schools, if you want, but not at the expense of the public school system.

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