So I have a problem. And it’s name is Diabrotica undecimpunctata, otherwise known as the western spotted cucumber beetle. Supposedly.
Yeah. And everything I have found has only a couple of suggestions, the main one being hand picking them off and drowning them in soapy water. Ummm. Ewww. And NO. So I cry a little bit as I watch them eating my dahlias and making holes in my cucumber plants. I would pick them off the cucumber plants if I ever seen one on there, but I have only seen the damage to the leaves. Bugs. Ugh. The bane of my gardening.
I really wish I could start this year all over, because I’ve had to relearn some things after not having had a garden for forevvvvver. I know this year has been helpful in learning what to do next year.
So what I have here: (ignore the heavily laden tomatoes that still are toppling over all the supports that we put in there, seriously: Help?!? What do I do now?)
All gonna be different next year. I have some grandiose plans my pets. Lofty goals.
We have only had one regular tomato so far. But quite a few Romas. We pick 4-5 of those a day now!
Our zucchini production is still slow, which makes me sad, because we really do eat zucchini 4-5 times a week anyway. It was super convenient to just go pick them in the backyard instead of at the store. I’ve made them stuffed a few times now, and we are really loving them that way!
Still only the one pepper. And you can see how poor the plants look here. I put Epsom salt around them to help with the leaf curling, which was a success, but it didn’t really help anything else. Which is sad. Peppers are something we use several times a week too.
the pumpkin is turning into a monster. I turned him one morning, and when I went back out he had rolled back over. How does that happen? Why does that happen? Is someone messing with me?
This sticker is growing up next to the garden:
This petunia started growing in one the brick holes a few weeks ago. Random. It’s now turning kind of viney and is as tall as the chicken wire. Weirdness.
That’s it for the edible portion of the yard.
Aren’t my daisies beautiful? I grew those. (pat on the back.)
One of the bush varieties of dahlias
my hostas are about to bloom.
these orange/red gladiolus? is so random. Came from a package of purple bulbs. It was an awesome surprise. ;)
Well Mary, Mary, how does your garden grow this week?