Tuesday, July 20, 2010

the week of the squash bug

I've been waging war. with the squash bug.

I first noticed the eggs a week ago today. since then I've been pulling eggs off of leaves with duct tape and collecting and smashing the adults. (they stink when smashed. it's gross)

The plants have been fairing relatively well. They are producing less, but still look very healthy.

Yesterday was the first day in a week that I didn't find any eggs and only found one squash bug. I'm definitely not declaring them eradicated from the garden, but I feel like I'm on top of the situation.

The butternut squash have survived the squash bugs, but google told me they would so I wasn't too worried about them.

My eggplants seem to be stressed out. They are turning yellow. I think it's just too hot for them. I hate that they aren't doing great ... especially after the flea beetle invasion. The leaves are big and healthy but the vegetable isn't the deep purple it should be.

I've also been spending time making sure the potatoes stay completely underground (when exposed to sunlight they turn green and become slightly toxic) They've been peaking out.

The onions have also been poking through the soil a bit too. next year they'll need to be put in deeper.

the musk melons are doing well. We find a new small one about once a week. I think we're up to 6 or 7.

The juliets have been doing fabulous. seriously, we probably pick between 6-12 a day (as much as 20 on a good day!). The stupice are doing well also. The plants are healthy and so is the fruit. but they just don't produce as many. We might get one every other day. They are about the size of a small peach or large plum. I've already decided to plant juliets again next year and replace the stupice with (maybe) Jersey Giants. I'm not sure yet. I've got it narrowed down to about 6 choices. Because I've had so much luck with high yields and making sauce (there's a food day friday post coming up about this) I'm excited to try another high yield, low seed fruit.

The banana peppers have been well too. We've picked about a dozen so far from the 3 plants. The other peppers have starting to bloom. But they are slightly handicapped because they aren't getting full sun.

I'm going to plant a fall batch of broccoli. And probably spinach and arugula because they did so well in May.

I'm anxious to see what's going on with the garlic underground. patience.

The mint and basil are both well on their ways to being out of control. Constant pruning. And the basil is also flowing constantly. So I have to keep an eye on that.

eh, I think that's all for now. I'm pretty sure I mentioned everything except the berries. not much to say about those.

sorry there are no pictures ... but it is HOT outside.


The Freeman Family said...

Squash bugs: are they gray and kinda look like a big tick? I had those and thought the sevin dust got rid of them but they just hid below the dust. They were EVERYWHERE on the plants. My plants have since perished.

christy ross said...

yea, that's what they are. I tried the Sevin Dust too. I could almost hear them laughing at me as I sprinkled.