Why I Put Aphids In My Garden

Warning: This is not for beginners. If you like the “squirt squirt” of a spray bottle, don’t even read this. I’m in a unique position working with aphid and other plant pest control in commercial crops. With my experience comes an understanding/tolerance for pests: I can tell if a pest population is something to worry... Continue Reading →

Know Your Bugs: Aphidoletes aphidimyza – The Aphid Eliminator.

Aphidoletes aphidimyza (common name: Aphidoletes [a-fid-o-lee-tees]) is among the most used aphid controls in agriculture, horticulture, landscapes, greenhouses and especially ornamentals. Like all the best biological control agents, Aphidoletes works with a combination of eating lots, but also by multiplying quickly, overcoming the pest.  Aphidoletes larva searching for aphids Where it comes from: Aphidoletes were... Continue Reading →

Summer in April: Week 17, 2021

I think we're on day 8 of clear skies and a dominant high-pressure ridge that has kept the South Coast warm....even hot depending on where you are. My personal weather station recorded the last 6 days as over 22C with the peak on my son's birthday, Saturday, at 24.6C. What's equally surprising is that we... Continue Reading →

What’s Growing: Week 11, 2021

What’s Growing: Week 11, 2021 I just had a fantastic weekend! It actually felt - almost - like a non-covid weekend. We had an outdoor birthday to attend for our daughter, and an outdoor gathering with my family for some mutual birthdays. And for parts of Saturday and almost the entire day Sunday I spent... Continue Reading →

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