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Archive for October 4th, 2009

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New Lantanas (white trailing, yellow mounding) and Black and Blue Salvia. Since I took this picture I have added two more Black and Blue Salvias to balance it out.

Here’s a picture of the rest of the plants I still need to put in. They include, more Lantanas, Pink Skullcap and Russian Sage. This morning I put in one Lantana and Two Skullcaps. I hope to finish the rest throughout the week, one or two a day after work.

Black and Blue Salvia.

Butter Beans and Green Beans

Okra. Yes, they really are as tall as the house

“Crimson Giant” Radish

Romas, round two
Winter Garden Beds

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Today I picked the first of my “winter” veggies, radishes! No, I didn’t leave them in the ground too long, these are called “Crimson Giants” and are meant to be the size of a small apple. I’m going to make a salad tonight and decide how I like this variety. I also picked some serranos, cherry tomatoes and okra. The okra is still hanging in there, but the cool weather severely stunts the production.

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>Tomato Pests

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I’ve been so busy with my new veggies and flowers that I’ve been neglecting the tomatoes. This weekend I gave them a little attention and found that both leaf-footed bugs and tomato horn worms. Argh!

I found both the adults and nymphs of the leaf-footed bugs. I killed about 20, but at least that many escaped. I’m worried it’s only a matter of time before I have to rip out the plants. There are some really nice looking cherries that should be ripening soon, so I’m hoping to fight them off long enough to get a few.
I found two tomato horned worms. I looked them up in the Texas Bug Book and found that the adults only lay a few eggs, since a single larvae can do so much damage. Last year there were four of five on the plants, so I’m hoping there aren’t too many more. Also last year I only found these guys in the fall. Has anyone found them in their spring/summer crop?
These guys can be hard to spot, but I’ve discovered another way to detect them. Their droppings seem to be pretty distinct, especially with the relatively large size.
Green droppings, after he’s been eating leaves
Orange droppings, after he’s been eating my precious tomatoes
I did find a few friends in the garden today, which was nice after fighting off the others all morning. Here is an Anole I found in the Basil. I didn’t get a picture, but I did find some Soldier Bugs too.

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