The aphids are winning. They have descended on the pumpkin patch and are breeding like…like insects. I started by blasting them off with water. That worked mildly. I persisted; but they outnumber me. My friends the ladybugs swooped in for a feast.
They liked the food so much they told their friends. Everyone stuck around for a mad aphid orgy; and now I have a flock of ladybugs working overtime trying to keep those aphids under control. Baby ladybugs are pretty creepy looking; but they are very hungry.
This is a very small sample of what the bug population in the pumpkin patch looks like. I’m considering using soap; but I’m not sure what the effects are on the ladybugs.
I was trying to put the biggest pumpkin on a wooden support to keep it out of the mud. This would prevent any scarring, rotting, or bug damage. Just as I feared, the danged stem popped right off the squash. No snap. No crack. Just a pop.
How much longer until October?
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