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Bugs ‘n Boids

Had a bit of fun in the garden after it rained so hard. The poor birds looked like wet rags hanging on the bare fig tree. They are so part of my garden that you might as well call me the dove lady! Every morning the massive exodus of birds from my deck when I open the back door is a sight to behold. They all seem to sleep all over the table and benches and under the potato tree. What a life. Then the chickens are  marched out into their play area and it’s SEED TIME!! Well, the neighbourhood birds all flock to join in for breakfast!

First the Boids…



Then the bugs…..

I was having a look at the lemon tree and there were quite a few unwelcome visitors. I have a feeling the white bug is an Australian Bug – it is white and furry looking. I have see this in a book before. Eww! The other little swollen things look like scale and aphids! I am going to have to do some bug-proofing this week.

I wonder if you also have these strange things in your garden!

Never a dull moment in my garden!

Happy Gardening xxxx

By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

8 replies on “Bugs ‘n Boids”

I’m trying hard to make my garden bug free with out chemicals at the moment just so that my plants have darn chance to get going. If you have any quick tips, pass them this way. Love the free-range everything approach.

Where are the birds that eat the bugs? I, too, have lots of birds that eat the feed that I put out, and a few that eat bugs. I’d like it to be the other way around. : )

I hope that I might be the lucky one – the many birds that flock to my garden keep these nasties at bay! 🙂
The aphids are the big problem. I also read that the ants prevent the ladybugs from devouring the aphids – so the ants must go too!

The ants are a big problem. They ‘farm’ the aphids, keeping them safe in winter and protecting them from predators, they actually stroke the aphids to encourage them to get more sap from the plant; the aphid takes the proteins and the ants collect the sticky sweet liquid that remains. I heard today that on some plants it works to put jam or other sweet substance on the lower trunk of the plant and the ants will go to that instead- have tried it myself yet but I think I’ll try. Christina

I got scale in my garden a few years ago. I did the wrong thing – nothing. I should have taken action immediately because in the end, it cost me a couple of plants, and one rose is just now recovering. Love the boids, though!

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