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I really wish that I had written this post immediately after we released the lady bugs, so that I would still be optimistic that the lady bugs were going to stay around for a while and eat all the bad bugs from our garden. We did this last Wednesday, so less than a week, and today I was outside over half the day and didn’t see a single lady bug.
Let’s rewind and start from the beginning.
We do raised garden beds and are all about organic gardening! Last year we added a new 4’x8′ strawberry patch to our existing 4’x8′ veggie garden and 1’x1′ blackberry vine area. (Our awesome rogue blackberry vine came to life after dying 3 years ago when we first planted it!)
With our garden space growing, our garden pests seem to be growing too. Ick! And I don’t want to just spray chemicals all over the plants to solve our problems. One of the perks of home-grown foods is keeping the unwanted toxic stuff away. I learned from one of the children’s books that I read my kids that lady bugs eat aphids, so I thought we’d give lady bugs a try.
Now, I’ve already told you that the lady bugs have disappeared without eating all of the bad bugs first, but I’d still order lady bugs again. Here is why:
The release of the lady bugs was so fun for the kids. That alone was well worth the $9 that I spent on the lady bugs being sent to me. (Love her face!)
The lady bugs were happy to be released from the bag and the kids were happy to try to tell them which plants were their new homes. While we stood there, several just flew away. The kids were full of excitement as the lady bugs buzzed around us. Like I said, I would do this again just for the kids. Look at that little hand trying to hold the lady bug. Totally adorable.
Since our release didn’t really “work”, I’ve researched it a bit and have learned there were some things we could’ve done differently. I’m not sure we had enough flowering plants to keep the lady bugs interested in staying around our backyard, so I think we will try again after I plant some flowers in containers (on my to do list anyway).
In the meantime, two nights ago we found two frogs in the driveway and moved them to the backyard. My kids decided he was our pet. We saw the big one in our garden patch tonight. Maybe he’ll eat all the bad bugs.
Wait … do frogs eat lady bugs?
We will keep plugging away at our organic garden. Any organic gardening tips? Please share!