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More Bees and Less Aphids

My garden so far is doing great, I have pulled out about 25 cucumbers plus out of the garden and 8 or so squash, tomatoes are starting to flower and my pepper plants have little peppers on them. I have been running into one issue on my cucks and that is aphids. If you have never seen aphids they are pretty disgusting. It is almost embarrassing to admit your plants have bugs much like your own child has lice at school, but I have lice in my garden there it has been said.

I lost 2 cucumber plants before I knew what was going on. The picture is not from my garden but the one I found on the internet that let me know what I had. I started taking action as soon as I figure it out what the small invaders where. They reproduce at an alarming rate.  I use a water hose to wash off the bottoms of the leafs every day and my plants have bounced back. I used Neem Py which works like a charm. However the ants protect them like Doritos to a teenager. As soon as I get rid of them the ants bring them right back to suck on there “honeydew” for food.  It will be an on going battle for now on but at least I am one step head of the game. Ladybugs are the number one consumer of aphids but I have yet to see any in my garden.

Bee Attractant

I have only noticed a few bees buzzing around my gardening and decided to try to attract more of natures helping hand to vegitate.

I found several bee forums and this was the most recommend household treatment I could find so I made some up and filmed it for your viewing pleasure. I sprayed it on the flowering plants and came inside. After 4 hours I went to check to see if it made a difference. I counted 4 wasps, 2 bumble bees, a ton of ants, flies and dragonflies had came to the garden party. Hopefully I will get more bees but it did work. Maybe the ants will leave the aphids along and drink my elixir instead but that is wishful thinking. You can watch the video below.

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