Juliet’s gard…sorry…Waveney’s garden, has aphids! Who knew that aphids could reach the 33rd floor, but there they are, crawling all over the lettuces in particular and having a good ol’ time. Apparently aphids are spread by the wind, so I guess that explains them finding Nirvana up here, and they are one of the most destructive insects to plants in temperate regions, (thanks Wikipedia). They feed on sap and by doing this they take nutrients away from plants which soon start showing signs of distress with curling, mottled leaves, yellowing, wilting, and low yields.
So, this week’s question of the Rubbish Free community is; where can we buy some ladybugs? Apparently ladybugs are a natural predator of aphids and one ladybug can be responsible for killing 1000 of the blighters! Today I captured one from my mother-in-law’s garden and carefully placed it on an aphid covered leaf, but unfortunately ten minutes later and it’s gone! We have heard though that there are people who sell ladybugs but we’re struggling to find these mythical folk. So, if you know of anyone we’d love to hear from you.
Next week I’ll let you know how we’re getting on in finding an alternative to glowsticks for the Lyttelton Festival of Light, which we blogged about a couple of weeks ago. We’ve had a couple of good ideas, but would love to hear more and you’d be in the running to win a free box of bamboo toothbrushes!