Location: Granada City (that's in the south of Spain)
posted 5 years ago
last weekend we finished our chop and drop with scythes to prevent summer wildfires around the fruit tree area, and we noticed 2 things regarding aphids and ladybugs.
Fact#1 Ladibugs like to concentrate and mate in curled dock plants (Rumex crispus), so we let some of these plants stand up when chop and drop, so ladybugs can breed and their larvae eat other bugs
Fact#2 we don´t use insecticides in our piece of land, just live and let live, Our fruit trees despite we dont use any insecticide or repelent are aphid free, however there's a lot of aphids feeding on the thistle we name "cardoncha" (Sylibum marianum) looks that aphids prefer this kind of thistle rather than feeding on the fruit trees, so again we've let some of this thistles standing while chop and drop