DCMGA is here to help with your gardening questions. There are two ways to contact our help desk:
(1) Call 940-349-2892 any time. If there is no answer, leave a detailed message. We will research your question and call you back. Our help desk is located at 401 W. Hickory Street in Denton, TX, and is staffed by Master Gardener volunteers. When volunteers are available, you may bring in a sample of diseased plants or plants you want us to identify.
(2) Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will research your question and usually can provide an answer within a day or two.
Question: Every year my vegetable garden gets overrun with aphids. I have tilled my soil, planted naturally repelling plants, I use a neem and soap combination spray, and I spray aphids off the plants with water, yet they always get the upper hand. This year I was considering tenting my plants with netting and releasing beneficial insects like ladybugs or katydids to help. Do you have any recommendations on places to purchase non-invasive insect species (I don’t want to release more Asian Lady Beetles!) or any other recommendations to fight off these nasty buggers?