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Today mother nature showed me another example of how she knows best and I do not.

On another thread I mentioned that I had originally heavily pruned my tomatoes and then done nothing but harvest for a couple of months.  Lost a few to pests but waited until I was losing several every day then decided to do another heavy pruning and dust with DE.

So I did that.  That really would have been enough.

Now the plants are open to the light, I have washed all of the DE off yesterday.  I go out with a spray bottle of diluted Murhpy's oil soap to give them a good spray and Ooops!  I sprayed the HELL out of a whole mess of assasin bugs.  I do hope that Murphys Oil soap is as ineffective as the conventional gardeners say it is.

I had another incident with a river birch that was so loaded with aphids that I thought it was going to die.  The only reason that I didn't spray that tree is because something came up at work and I got busy.  Every single leaf on the tree was curled up and starting to fall off.  When I finally got my spray out and headed to the tree ---- it was totally crawling with lady bugs.  I had never seen so many.  They cleaned up the aphids, the tree is now higher than the house and doing great.

So I must learn to have more patience.
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