Aphids or Lady Bugs?  A couple of weeks ago I took some photos of the favas.  They were covered in aphids.  But there were loads of lady bugs who happen to love munching on aphids.  The race every year is who is going to win out in population control or explosion.  The lady bugs were here early this year, but with the amount of aphids I saw I wasn’t feeling very optimistic.  Walking around yesterday I was pleased to see very few aphids and the favas are growing and producing like mad.  This is a crop which in the past we have had to mow under because of aphid infestation.  But favas are fantastic for the soil, so they aren’t a complete loss, even if you can’t harvest your crop you are still feeding your Mother Earth!