For this week's update I decided that rather than showing you the full garden tour (see last tour here) I will show you some big highlights. Our sugar baby watermelon plant has flowers! Grow watermelons grow! A salad pot of Arugula, lettuce, and chives is sprouting what will be "cut and come again" salad! Since … Continue reading Our Garden – June 12 2019 – A Bountiful Harvest is Coming
It's May 13, 2019 in Zone 8b and I decided my potato vine was dead enough for me to check and see what's under the soil. The think about root vegetables, especially potatoes, is that you never know what's beneath the soil. Side note: it's good to have a daily time to walk the garden … Continue reading Harvesting Potatoes, Finding “Volunteer Veggies”, Thinning, and Transplanting (5.13.19)
Previously in this blog, and across social media, I shared terrifying photos. Hornworm poop Hornworm EggsWhile their presence seems to be dwindling, I still see some signs that they are around like bare stems here and there. So after some other gardeners shared with me how much easier it is to spot hornworms at night … Continue reading Using a Blacklight to Find “Hard to Spot” Pests in the Garden
I learned how to spot hawk moth eggs and various destructive caterpillars, but could I catch the moth somehow?
Immediately I wondered what these tiny eggs where on the tomato leaves.
I cannot believe what just defiled my garden.
"In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with humans it is the other way around: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar." -Chekhov It all started with thin webbing appearing my okra, the irrational bolting of my basil, and then thin webbing on my basil. At first glance, it was obvious … Continue reading The Very Hungry Caterpillars
Hibiscus flowers do not require water, the blooms will stay viable until their time has passed, with or without watering. http://www.hibiscus-flower.com/ When we moved into this house, my friend told me that the small bushes that were planted in front of the house were Hibiscus bushes. I was very excited about having Hibiscus bushes in … Continue reading The Difference Between Surviving and Flourishing