Last week, Gregory blogged attracting bees and butterflies into the garden with his beautiful and fragrant plantings. But, as nature intended, along with the good bugs come the bad ones, the circle of life. To keep the less popular bugs at bay, why not introduce one of the most popular?
The colorful ladybug, beloved of children everywhere, loves to eat the bugs that destroy your plants; aphids, mealy bugs, scale all make a tasty diet for the ladybug and keep your well-tended plants intact naturally. Yes, you could cross your fingers and hope to attract a few or you could go out and purchase some. Many local farmer's markets (the Sunday Hollywood Farmer's Market among them) showcase at least one stand that can arrange to cart some along for you. We also found an online source that will sell you a container of 4500 ladybugs, enough to cover 500 square feet, and keep your garden beautiful, naturally.
[Image via Tanakawho's Flickr with a Creative Commons License]