Wednesday, March 23, 2011


When you go completely organic in regards to gardening, the beneficials have to step up to the plate and take charge of controlling the 'bad guys'. Beneficials appear like magic, but you have to look diligently to find most of them. 
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GOOD GUY/GAL: Ladybugs have a voracious appetite for aphids. If you spray and poison the aphids, your ladybug population suffers. This one has some beautiful spots, doesn't it?

GOOD GUY: Assissin bugs travel alone, stink bug nymphs travel in groups. This one was so stealthy I could barely snap a photo. They love to get on the opposite side of a leaf and hide. They eat anything they can catch.

BAD GUY: But not really. It was all alone and nibbling a bit on the wisteria vines. Plus, he'd better watch out for that assassin bug. It was on the same wisteria! In the meantime, who can resist those snazzy black and white antennae and cute bug eyes? Click to enlarge photo.
Thanks for stopping by. David/


  1. I've always wondered what the big deal was about organic pest control. I never spray the bugs. I just let nature take care of business, and the plants recover from grasshopper damage immediately! Plus I have lots of lizards, birds and frogs that eat the bad stuff. Recently I even found a baby box turtle!

  2. Sounds great! I've often wondered just how much goes on in my garden that I know nothing about.
    When you have all the good guys working for you it's more than just a garden; it becomes its own miniature ecosystem. I've not found a box turtle...that's really cool.
    David :-)


I always appreciate your comments & questions! Happy Gardening from David/ Tropical Texana

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