First, a love story. A tale of shared pasts and future dependence. For ICF, a relationship that we wish to facilitate as best we can, and like all great matchmakers, we focus on setting the context for companionship and then getting out of the way.
So, what you see below are aphids on the back of a beet leaf. Some are grey, some are yellow, and some are yellow with little holes in them. The grey ones are alive, likely harbouring a wasp larvae that is in the process of eating its way out of its host. If this is the case, the aphid will turn yellow as it dies and the larvae will spin-up a cocoon and emerge as an adult wasp (see exit holes in some yellow aphids), which will then deposit eggs in other aphids, continuing the cycle. Rumour has it, if 10% of your aphids are yellow, affectionately called Golden Mummies, your aphid problem isn't a problem, it's an opportunity to enjoy the company of tiny little parasitic wasps.
volunteer sunflower (it's just one plant, amazing!) is in Ron's front yard in Mount Pleasant. It's incredible. It's like a tree. It's like a sunflower patch on its own. Plants continue to blow our minds.
|Waist high bush beans? 14ft sunflower? What's in Ron's soil?|
|Ready to go|
|A good mix of labour today|
|Mixed bag of Copia, Sungold and Cherry|