Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Monday, May 19, 2008

beneficial insects, herbs

OK, when the basil managed to get aphids I was desperate. I snuck a lady beetle into the kitchen herb pot.

Serves me right. She laid several eggs! On the plant stake, on the curtain . . .

But the aphids are pretty well gone!

UPDATED: the larvae have hatched - managed to move the plant stake outside in time, but others are still gracing hte kitchen - oops!

In other news I have green caterpillars dive bombing the roses - luckily soldier bettles have moved in to attack!

holding out for a little eco balance and possibly a big scrub jay!