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Archive for June 7th, 2009

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The vegetable garden is really doing well. I haven’t gone to the farmer’s market in weeks and we’ve been eating like kings. Squash, tomatoes, okra, green beans, onions, pepper (notice no “s”), swiss chard and plenty of herbs. 

Sugar Pumpkin. 
Hopefully the Squash Vine Borers don’t destroy the entire plant before I’m able to see this one ripen.  

Sun Gold Tomatoes. These are so incredibly tasty I can’t see us planting any other type of cherry. We just can’t get enough of them.

Brandywine.
Until just a few days ago when I spotted a few more tiny ones, this big guy was the one great hope. The production has been so bad on these, that tasty or not I don’t think I’ll be planting them again. Next year I’ll try Cherokee Purple instead.

Romas. 
These have just started ripening in the last day or two. I’ll be making some spaghetti tonight. Mmmm!

Octopus Swiss Chard. 
Really it’s just plain old swiss chard, but the twisty stems remind me of a certain sea creature. If I was ESP I’d be adding some really cool pics here 🙂

Okra.
Like the zucchini, these guys can get really big really fast if you aren’t paying attention.

Zucchini.
Still hanging in there. From this picture you’d never guess that I’ve cut into every one of these and lost half. Obviously, I overplanted the bed. Who knew vines could grow like this 🙂

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>Moon Flower

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Thanks to Diana from Sharing Natures Garden for the lovely moon flower plants. I lost one to a cut worm or pill bugs early on, but the other is doing great.

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This weekend I’ve been battling two bugs, the leaf-footed bug and the dreaded squash-vine borer. The squash vine borer took out half of my zucchini several weeks ago, but had not been near the pumpkin. I read that they prefer other squash to pumpkins, so I was hoping mine would go untouched. Unfortunately, no such luck. I did have SVBs take out pumpkins in the same bed last year, so there is always the chance that these came from an overwintering pupae. Just in case, I plan on avoiding pumpkins next year, since I only have one spot to plant 30 sq ft 🙂 

We’re still getting tons of zucchini, so I’m happy with my little survivers. I check for SVB eggs several times a week and still find one or two each time. I’m just waiting for the day that they get past me and I lose another plant. In the meantime I’m just eating, sharing and attempting the zucchini world record. (completely by accident of course).
I’ve found the leaf-footed bugs on both my tomatoes an the pumpkins. They seem to prefer the romas. I believe it is because they have more places to hide. I killed about 10 yesterday. I kept a watchful eye for several hours, waiting for them to emerge. I even discovered two mating, which I put a quick stop to. The ones on the pumpkins are a lot easier to see. 
Leaf-Footed Bug Nymph
I’m not to the point where I can squash a nasty bug w/ my bare hands, so here’s my weapon of choice. I grab the bug with the tongs, throw it on the ground and smash it with my shoe. 

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