We’ve started harvesting lots of kale (you can learn how to preserve your kale for up to a year), carrots, lettuce, herbs (basil, cilantro, thyme, oregano, etc). Sadly most of our lettuce has bolted and our strawberries have reduced growing considerably. I believe the strawberries are a ever bearing variety so we should continue to get some throughout the season. To follow some harvesting updates follow along on instagram!
My goal is to weigh all of our fruits and vegetables to see how much we have harvested. I created an excel sheet where I am imputing all of my data. Then I can compare year to year and determine what has worked what has not and learn from my mistakes. Which I may have made a few this year already… Oops!
I started some squash seeds early transplanting the seedlings in May and 2 plants were direct sow a little later. The seedlings that transplanted had a rough start. One was attacked by squash bugs and didn’t survive it, the others seem to be doing pretty good, but the direct sow ones are much healthier and I have already harvested a few squash even though they were started much later. And as of the other day, just when I thought our squash bug problem was over… another casualty was taken… This time cantaloupe!
Next year, I will direct sow the squash in June to avoid those stupid darn squash bugs.
Those stupid squash bugs, aphids, white spiders….
I could’ve kicked the darn plants
Or a bucket
I may have stomped on the bugs and cursed them (in a non-swearing fashion of course)
My hubby thinks I’m nuts that’s for sure! Or should I say knows…
Keeping the bugs at bay…
Aphids, white spiders, eggs, oh my.
Duck tape! See your thinking I’m nuts too! Aphids love the young fresh leaves so check underneath them and remove them using duck tape and/or spray with recipe below. When you see eggs grab them with that duck tape. Squash bugs love to lay eggs on the back side of the leaves, in the V of the leaves and on stems. Catching them with duck tape is very satisfying… Muhahahah
Make your own bug repellant/insecticide. Not only does bug repellant keep away the bad bugs it also keeps away the good bugs so use sparingly!
Diluted castile soap diluted with water will kill squash bugs! Seriously… Kills them on the spot. So does smashing them :).
Diatomaceous Earth. Diatomaceous earth is fossilized remains from diatoms and can be used in the garden as a natural insecticide. Basically it works by the insect’s exoskeleton absorbing the powder causing the insect to dehydrate and die. Problem is that it can kill bees too. So if you apply it to a plant make sure to cover the plant so you only kill those bad squash bugs and not the precious honey bees.
Clean your tools!
Many of my tomatoes got septoria leaf spot. Not sure if it because before I knew what it was, I thought the spots were from the aphids and just cut them or pinched off the stems while I was pruning. Either most of the tomato plants already had this or I spread it… Duh duh duuuhhh. Yea lesson learned! From now on I will be cleaning my tools between plants to avoid spreading this fungus!
The link above shows what septoria leaf spot is and ways to treat it, including organic ways.
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What lessons have you learned gardening?
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