I love growing my own fruit and veggies, and finally being in a country where it is possible, I decided to go wild and plant every veggie I can think of. But, like many people, I don’t want to use in-organic fertilizers or pest sprays on my produce.
A lady who runs a ranch near us told us a few weeks ago that she is using praying mantis’ to kill pests in her fields and veggie patch She let us bring some egg cases home with us to hatch. Our son loved watching them swarm out of the egg, and now has a few in a terrarium.
I did a little research and found out that you can use a variety of bugs to control pests in your garden and you never again have to spray with nasty chemicals. I ordered up a bag of 1,500 live ladybugs from Natures Good Guys and two praying mantis egg cases. We released the ladybugs yesterday and out of a bag of 1,500 only maybe 10 were deceased.
It was great to watch them clamber out of their mesh bag and find water, and start hunting. We turned on the irrigation to make it ‘rain’ for them and they all got frisky – so hopefully there will be another generation of ladybugs in our garden soon.
The mantis eggs take to to four weeks to hatch, so we are watching them closely. I am hoping they will protect our plum trees from worms.
So, if you are looking for an inexpensive way to protect your garden in a eco-friendly way, check out the Natures Good Guys website!
Now I have my eye on some Nematodes….
Until next time!