Back in the container garden, my vegetables are growing really well. There is a patch of aphids here and there, but nothing that cannot be handled (yet!). Among the aphids, there was a cluster of white-looking bugs. Initially thought it was white flies, but it turns out it is shedded aphid skin. I also found these tiny silvery bugs, the size of aphid, but round. It looks like one of the creatures in super mario brothers. Again, I thought this was some new kind of bug, but I think it is an aphid "mummy". Apparently there is a parasitic wasp that lays its egg in aphids and when the eggs hatch, the aphid blows up and becomes a round aphid mummy. I found this information at this page here. As much as I hate any sort of insect, this information is kind of cool. I sprayed the romaine lettuce with some soapy water to start managing the aphids.
|Lots of aphid skin|