Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Battle of the Bugs

Aaargghh!! Recently I discovered an invading armada of aphids during my daily recon trip into the garden. I hate aphids!! But I'm committed to the no-chemical approach to gardening, even if it means ripping out all the infected plants on occasion. I'm not ready to do that yet in this case, because, so far, the infestation is only concentrated on a particular artichoke plant. A few scouts turned up elsewhere but nothing to worry about yet.

I've been doing the recommended blast-with-water approach but it hasn't solved the problem, so I recruited some specialists. 1,500 of them in fact. I'm the General and they're the soldiers, and I've been sending sorties of 100-200 of them on night-time attacks. Most of them go AWOL by morning but a few loyal fighters stay in the battle.
It's a tough fight because the aphids have a force of mercenary ants protecting them. Seriously. The ants like to eat the sticky mess left behind by the aphids so they protect them from predators. Maybe I should get an Anteater too...

If a containment policy works, and the enemy stays put, then I'll be happy because neighboring the artichoke is one of my precious beds of lettuce...
...and I'll be really mad if these babies get attacked.

4 comments:

TnA said...

What's wrong with chemical warfare? Insects use them too.

Anyway, here's a bunch of ideas including some "natural" chemicals that might be of use:

http://www.simplegiftsfarm.com/natural-ant-control.html

Now...if I could just figure out a way of getting rid of all the dang "silverfish" we've been finding in the house this spring...

jen said...

That lettuce looks awesome!

So not a fan of the silverfish. They eat my books :-( Too bad the lady bugs can't take care of them too.

Boots said...

What will you do when the anteaters get out of control? Jaguars?

Marco Fanelli said...

Haha Jon! As much as I'd love to have a couple Jaguars (or any big cats), I'm afraid the neighbors with small pets and children would complain. A much more sensible approach would be to have the anteaters spayed and neutered...