Jun 30, 2011
This is a pest I haven't seen in my garden before, but I think they are here to stay now.
The Mizuna was covered in them. I didn't see them anywhere else, but as I pulled all the old MIzuna they were running for their lives! I threw it all in a bucket and soaked them good with some Neem spray before tossing it all in the trash. I won't compost it since it's probably covered with eggs, too. Blech. After coming in to do some quick research, I'm not surprised about the greens since their preferred host are Mustard family greens. If you want to know more about them, check this out... I haven't read it yet since I'm running out the door, but I sure will tonight! There's way too many stink bugs in my garden this year, anyone else?
Hubby and I spent all morning in the yard, him mowing and doing the dog poop patrol and me in the garden. Lots of maintenance type stuff today. Tying up tomatoes, thinning the dill and pulling old parsley as it was all starting to shade my peppers and now that it's all bolting and flowering it was attracting the 4-lined plant bugs like mad. Fantastic weather today by comparison at least - it was 83 and low humidity today. Back into upper 90's for the next week so I had to make good use of the day. Put some more Happy Frog down around the tomatoes and this evening I will go spray them down again with fungicide. They plants themselves looked pretty good in spite of all the rain the past few days. Usually after those storms I notice the blight worsens, but not today. The fruit however was pretty haggard looking, had to pull quite a few misfits and some that were cracked and exploding from all the rain!
Today's motley looking harvest :)
The uglies are just part of the party when you grow heirlooms!
Unfortunately I had to stop gardening early today since we have to leave for the kids' music lessons, which means I need to get out early tomorrow before it heats up to deal with the squash beds. They need a little training up the fence and of course to peer into those vines and see if there's any trouble in there, I'm kinda scared!