Check out this great organic pest management tip from @deannacat3 ! Ladybugs will help protect your garden against aphids and other pests.
“We find containers of ladybugs available at our local garden supply stores, but they can also be purchased online. Once obtained, some keys to a successful release, to encourage them to stay in your garden and not fly away (even though some will, no matter what you do!) is to release them: 1) either in the early morning or preferably at sunset/evening, 2) when your garden soil and plants are damp, and 3) in an area where there is plenty of food, such as on aphid infested plants!
So we waited until sundown, sprayed down the target areas we wanted to release them with water, and then put them on plants I knew had a few aphids or mealybug, like this artichoke, a kale tree, our mealybug-infested passion vines, some fava beans, and then sprinkled the rest in the front and back pollinator/flower garden areas. Here's to hoping they stick around! 🤞 We'll probably get another batch or two soon, just to help the odds. 🌿”