Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gardening Part deaux

Our first tomatoes and bell peppers of the season have arrived. We are going to start on salsa soon! Mmm...my personal favorite of the garden. Some people can't stand to have their foods mixed on their plate, this girl loves to blend it all up...it's all going down the same way anyway, right?!




Check out these tobacco hornworms. Ick. We discovered them several Saturdays ago on our potatoes and tomatoes. We salvaged some potatoes, but most of those plants are eaten. And, we are picking one or two off the tomato plants every other day or so. The farmer up the hill grows tobacco...apparently, these worms will grow into huge moths. Our bug zapper on the shed will most likely die at the sight of one of those. I don't really know much about this pest other than the fact that they are BAD! We have discovered lots of lady bugs *good* and evidence of parasitic wasps on the tomato plants. The parasitic wasp evidence is in the form of white egg sacks hanging from tomato leaves. We believe lady bugs leave yellow eggs in this same form, also. We picked them off the first time we saw them and then read that they are good!


And, above are blue~green Americauna eggs and our other brown eggs from the two hens our neighbor gave us last year. Needless to say we've felt the decline in our grocery bill recently! However, we should take out stock in watermelon the way that my husband eats it. Ours aren't ready yet and he's a little impatient. We found sweet corn at the grocery the other day - 10 for $2!

I know, shocker...2 posts in one day when I haven't been around for weeks. That's my life. Take it or leave it, love me or leave me.

Happy summer friends!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad to see the pic of those horrible, ugly worms!