Sunday, June 29, 2014

Plants and insects, June 29th, 2014

Well I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front and very busy with a lot of projects. But I'm most proud of my new quarter acre garden plot which is fully fenced to keep the deer out. Here's a count of the main plants I have planted, not counting row crops like green beans, corn, root vegetables, etc.

I also added about 20 more winter squash after this was done. But I should be showing you! Here are some pictures of the latest developments.

Winter squash, corn, tomatoes in the back.

Another view from the squash patch.

Sunflowers looking over a patch of carrot I just started with vermiculite. I'll report back on how that works.

My pretty tomato plants, and a smaller patch of corn from earlier.

A beautiful brandywine tomato. I am trying you a "florida weave" type of trellis.

The insects are flourishing in the new garden, not to the degree they do in the back yard, but more than before.

A jumping spider on the top of the trailer.

Lady beetle pupa. These guys are all over, so nice to see!

Lady beetle larva. Mighty hunters! I've got a little aphid activity already but I don't think it will get away from me. A lot of cucumber beetles, too. Best I can do is try to kill them as I find them. I could have done some floating row cover but I think it's a bit late for that to be a lot of help.


2 comments:

  1. My mentor at the Grange told me about the floating cover. Would a family of praying mantis prey on the cucumber beatles. I remember my Uncle Larry saying he was always fighting the potato bugs. He only grew three crops--chickens, potatoes and corn, so you know what the problem was--monoculture.--Mom

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  2. OK, this comment robot thing doesn't like me.
    What about a praying mantis family to prey on the cucumber beatles? My Uncle Larry used to say he was always fighting the potato bugs (with chemicals). But he only had three crops--chickens, potatoes, and corn. My cousin Jimmy refused to eat chicken in any form.--Mom

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