Tuesday, May 31, 2011


So yesterday I tried a spray for green peach aphids that consisted of vegetable oil, water and dish soap on my row of potted plants out back. I am expecting an order of ladybugs on Wednesday, but in the mean time I wanted to get rid of the bugs I already had.

Here's what 4 of my 5 potted plants (2 eggplant and 3 tomatoes) looked like last night. I know it's hard to see, but they are all leafy and large and green.

Here's what I found this afternoon (the kids watered the plants in the morning):

Ouch. I'm guessing spraying oil on the leaves during the most freakishly hot May weather Pittsburgh has seen in years has essentially deep fried my plants. Oh well, live and learn. At least the aphids died too.

While we're talking about fails, here is a picture of my puppies trying to eat bees off of the flowers on my fence. They're not the smartest dogs in the world.

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