Naturally when the aphids first appeared, I did my usual trick of completely ignoring them in the hope that things would fix themselves. Only to discover a week or so later that the aphids have been sucking their way through my crop and killing the plants off one by one. And they're moving on to my capsicum plants.
Fortunately, there are a few ladybirds there too. I spotted about eight while I was taking these snaps. Different sorts too - black ones with white spots and completely black ones with one yellow spot and your regular orange ones. I even spotted what looked to my untrained eye like a bit of ladybird hanky panky. Which pleased me immensely. But I reckon it'd take a swarm of ladybirds to make a dent on these aphids.
Now the eggplants and capsicums are at their end and I would probably have pulled them out to make way for some winter veggies anyway, but now I'm not sure what to do. I have thought about giving the aphids a squirt with a garlic solution or neem oil or something but I've heard that this would kill the ladybirds too. And who doesn't love a ladybird? It'd be nice to attract a few more to my garden - and a feed of aphids will surely do the trick. So I'm tempted to let the ladybirds feast and breed and see what happens. But I'm a bit frightened of all those aphids and their potential damage.
I even looked into buying some ladybirds and setting them free. That would be a lot of fun for me and the monkeys. But I'm not sure if that's the right thing to do. And it is autumn - soon those ladybirds will be going into hiding.
What do you experts in blogland advise?