Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ladybug Launch on Earth Day!

I have to say, I was not sure who would show up per my typical last minute announcement to free the ladybugs in the garden Sunday evening, I rounded the corner of the playground to find a crowd of parents and kids eagerly awaiting the launch!   We watered down the beds to shoo away pests and give the ladybugs some water, they come in a red mesh bag by the hundreds, it's amazing any of them are still alive.  The kids were so patient and helpful and curious.  We talked about why ladybugs are good for a garden, eating aphids and other pests that eat our plants, and then the fun began.  Tiny hands carefully took the ladybugs to each plant and deposited them around the garden.  It was a beautiful thing to see these young stewards of the earth taking this job so seriously.  Thanks for all who came out to participate.  Hands down one of the best days in the garden and sure to become an annual event!

Photos by Marnie Fitzgerald