I thought I would share with you the not so pretty side of gardening, at least the troubles we’ve been facing this growing season.
Don’t get me wrong, we have been enjoying some bountiful harvests, but along with that comes bugs, bugs, more bugs and lots of weeds! I thoroughly enjoy gardening and all the chores that come with it. I just wish I had more time to tend to it.
Squash bugs! We have been fighting these for some time now. They started on the zucchini and now that they are done and out of the garden the bugs are attacking the pumpkin. We have been successful at keeping them at bay with a mixture of water and Dawn dish soap. It’s not wiping them out, but it is knocking them down some. As you can see in this picture, they have laid quite a few eggs.
Japanese Beetles! They are trying to take over the pole beans. Last year they wiped out our grape vine. We haven’t done anything for them this year other than crossing my fingers and hoping they don’t wipe out the beans.
Critter or bugs?? I’m not exactly sure what’s getting the cantaloupe. I thought it was a critter at first, but I can see where they are starting to split by the time they are ripe. If we wait a day too long to pick them, they’re goners! We’ve harvested two so far and they have been delicious!
Little black bugs. Not sure what these are that have been trying to get the eggplant. I used some Seven dust on them when the plant was little and it worked for a bit. I need to dust it again.
Blossom end rot! This is my first time growing roma tomatoes and boy have we had an issue with blossom end rot! The Big Beef and Brandywine have been fine though. I found some spray to help give the Roma’s some calcium and it seems to be working. I was worried that I was going to loose all my sauce tomatoes to rot. All of my tomatoes are slow coming on this year. We’re having some below average temperatures here in MO and I’m afraid it’s going to hurt the quantity of the crop.
There are so many weeds! This picture is a Where’s Waldo…make that Where’s the Strawberry plants. ugh! The poor Strawberry patch has been neglected something awful. I have uncovered one row. 🙂
Also, we lost our corn to wind and lodging. What few stalks did rebound we lost the ears to corn ear worms. They were really bad! We managed to get about 8 ears in total.
The garden hasn’t been all bad. I just wanted to make sure I shared the bad along with the good. As you can see from previous posts, we have had some bountiful harvests and the crops are still producing.
Hang in there, you can win against the bugs and weeds and when you do…the fruit of your labor never tasted so good!
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