We now harvest tomatoes and cucumbers daily. And while I freeze and pickle as fast as I can, we’ve started putting together bags for Jim’s golfing buddies. No one’s told us to stop yet…
On the plus side, we have lovely cantaloupe ripening. We read information from a multitude of .edu websites and I checked-in with my master gardener friend, Lenora. Cantaloupe are ripe when they slip off the vine. So true. I picked one up last week and it literally fell into my hands.
Then came the acid test. Yum! We get pretty good melons from the Farmer’s Market, but not like this…
On the down side, I’ve fed an entire generation of butterflies or moths – or so it seems. Just look!
I’ve had enormous difficulty with “cole” vegetables this year, including lettuce, radicchio, and broccoli. I have some ornamental kale – same family – and the leaves look like lace. I feel a little like Mama Bear: Who’s been eating my broccoli?
Tomorrow night I’m going to a class on garden pests, and I’m looking forward to finding out what to do to prevent this from happening again next year.
Watching my zinnias has been fun, especially looking for different kinds of butterflies. But I found this little hopper on my zinnias the other day. Not so happy to see him.
Last but not least, I found hundreds of what I can only imagine to be squash beetles swarming – yes, swarming – over my Delicata squash plants. I ran for the camera but by the time I got back, nary a one. Hmmm…
The squash still on the vine seem okay, but the vines are dying back. The University of Colorado has some interesting things to say about squash bug management, including using less rather than more mulch. I plan to relocate the squash and melons next year, so that may help solve the problem.
My hope for next year? Better understanding of what to do about insects so that I get to eat more of what I plant.