Today's big adventure involved the use of predatory insects. I watched my friend Kate do this last night. After watching them devour the aphids on her beautiful strawberry plants, I marched right down to the Garden Spot Nursery and bought myself some bugs. This little bag contains between 1500 and 1800 ladybugs. They were released at various points throughout the garden to keep down the aphid population.
Surprisingly, the urban garden doesn't have too many nuisance pests to eat the vegetables (except the chickens) but we do always have aphids. They always seem to be on everyone's roses. Last year they took out my artichokes completely. And I found them IN my broccoli crowns. Disgusting. This year, I think we'll be just fine.