How do you get ladybugs to live in your garden?

Buy some wild-caught from your local nursery. (Farm-raised ladies won't survive in the wild.) Add a little water to their bag and let them rest in your crisper drawer for a few hours. Meanwhile, water your garden well. At dusk, release the ladybugs. If you have an aphid-infested plant, release them right there.

So, if you want to make a ladybug haven, don't neglect to plant. Coriander's good. Red clover. Legumes, mustards, geraniums, even dandelions. Our favorite? Coreopsis.

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