This past week I was glad to see a number of ladybugs hard at work throughout our garden beds and orchard. Ladybugs are significant pest-control fighters.
One of the issues with using pesticides is the reality that these chemicals harm not only unwanted pests but kill the "good guys" as well. If ladybugs are removed by pesticide application, then aphids and such return in greater numbers with no natural combatants the next time.
This is our story, in real time and in photos. It is neither unique nor unusual nor extraordinary. But it is our story.