Praying mantis on a pomegranate

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My kid and I harvested the pomegranates from the garden. They had a rough year, as you can see. Please don’t kill your praying mantis! He’s is your friend!!

My pomegranates got sunburned something terrible. I didn’t know that was a thing. But it’s a thing. An ugly thing.

There was also a nasty invasion of leaf-footed bugs, which are just the grossest thing–aside from cockroaches. The link is to the Aggie Horticulture site. You can pick the bugs off the plant and drown them. I know a person who uses a shop-vac to suck them up. That’s also good. You can also go nuclear and get bug killer with permethrin in it.

I had ZERO luck with any other methods. None of the “organic” killers did a darn thing to the bugs.

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