Well, not really, but tell me, are these or are these not baby grasshoppers on my indoor seedlings? (If not, inform me what they are!)
Since I’m still battling the aphids (after trying soap and water and then the sadly outdated pyethrum spray from my shed, I’ve been reduced to rinsing off individual plants under running water, and even that has failed to eliminate the problem) and now these critters showed up today, I’m beginning to feel a mite cursed.
All the seedlings that were inside this morning (cardoons, tomatoes, peppers, dahlias, mizuna, etc. etc.) are now outside enjoying the sunshine, beginning the hardening off process a little early, and hopefully encouraging the invading insects to scatter (I’m also hoping for some ladybugs to eat the aphids). Most of the pitiful brassicas have been planted in two different gardens and are sitting under row cover that is hopefully not serving as convenient protection for any leftover aphids (I tried to knock them all off, really I did).
I would say “worst year for seedlings ever” but actually most of the remaining plants look pretty good; what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I guess. And now I need to start some more summer seedlings to go out in a few weeks – after I make sure there are NO grasshoppers left in my laundry room.