Friday, June 09, 2006


All through the winter we had ladybugs in the cottage. The onset of warm weather drew them out into the trees to do their most important duties of pest control. For the ladybugs however, it’s more a question of a good day’s meal than any interest in the health of our gardens. I’ve watch a ladybug walk along a plant and gobble up aphids like they were grapes… just like the one in this picture is about to do! (Remember that you can always click on images for a closer view).

If you don’t have ladybugs (also known as ladybird beetles) in your garden, or are having trouble attracting them, you can always purchase ladybugs at your local garden or hardware store, from the Ladybug Guy (Buddy Foley) on 15th Avenue West near the Magnolia Bridge if you live in Seattle, or online at Planet Natural. Planet Natural offers a wide variety of beneficial insects, heirloom and organic seeds, and other natural goodies to keep your gardens healthy and green.


  1. Thank you for this! I was just noticing those cursed little aphids on my roses yesterday and wondering how to get some ladybugs.

  2. Howdy Trailhead! Another good way to maintain the health of your roses is to plant garlic with them! Happy ladybugging! :)

  3. Oooh, thanks for the tip. I hadn't heard that. What is it about the garlic that is beneficial?

  4. According to Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte, “All alliums – garlic, onions, chives, and shallots – are beneficial to roses, protecting them from black spot, mildew, and aphids.” p.116

    It goes on to mention marigolds as protection against nematodes, which is actually good for all your garden plants. One technique is to border your veggie patch with nasturtiums and marigolds to help protect them from pests. Companions planting is so cool.


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