We’ve been staggering our planting a bit this year, trying to learn form last year’s ‘everything is ready at once’ problem. At this point we have one bed left to plant our beans and transplant herbs so that the dill will be ready when the cukes are ripe for pickling.
I always have to ‘squee’ as the little vegies starting showing up so here are the garden baby pics for this year:
Thumbnail size water melon
First eggplant of 2015
Early girl tomatoes
Teeny Tiny cucumber – got some growing to do before getting pickled!
(Yes, I know these aren’t all technically vegetables, but cut me some slack!)
How about you – how are your gardens doing this year?
The garden has been going well. We are still learning, but have our fall crops in the ground and are planning our wintering constructions.
This week, I just wanted to go back and share some about our garden visitors. No, I don’t mean our neighbors who have been benefiting from the overly abundant tomato harvest. I mean the buggy visitors.
Our eggplant got this guy chowing down for a while before we spotted him.
Tomato hornworm hiding in our eggplant.
I actually found his poop on the ground around the plant and went scouring under all the leaves until we found him. He was about as big as my middle finger (which is pretty much how I felt about him). We were surprised that this was the only one we could find, and that as a Tomato Hornworm, he totally avoided the tomato plants and attacked the eggplant instead. He gave me a really hard time getting him off the leaf, and was put out next to our compost bin. The birds made quick work of him. 🙂
The other pesky guys we had were mexican bean beetles. Our beans had not been top producers. I think we only got 2 good harvests off of them. So when we found these invading, I just harvested the rest of the beans and pulled the sorry remainders of the plants.
Mexican bean beetle larvae.
If the beans had been better producing, I would have taken the time to rid them of these (they are tiny and squish very easily), but as it was, removing the beans helped clear some room for more of the fall plantings.
Our last bugs to share are the ones I welcome. The honeybees (and bumblebees). We have a Korean Bee Tree in our backyard and towards the end of every summer it becomes a Mecca for the bees in the neighborhood.
Honeybees in their tree.
The picture really can’t do justice to the amount of bees we get. The first year we were here I was standing in the back yard and it sounded like a highway had gone in nearby. Looking up into the tree, I nearly freaked out at the swarms of bees in it. After backing away and taking a few deep breaths, I just stood and watched them for a while. It was so amazing to watch these little guys just going about their business hitting as many buds on the tree as they could. It is now my favorite time of the summer and look forward every year to when the tree blossoms and the buzz overtakes our yard.
What about you? Any interesting bugs in your gardens?