Jun 12, 2011
I'm not giving up...
Just giving in a little...
Not only do I have squash bugs, but I have Early Blight on my Amish Paste tomatoes.
I did it. I bought sprays.
I'm not happy about it, but it figures that when I decide to make the big pressure canner purchase to better preserve all my expected harvest, this happens. Well, this year I'm not having any of this cr@p, this is WAR!
I hustled the kids this morning to get to the nursery early and get my war waging supplies, but alas it was already too hot to treat the blight situation by the time we got back home at 9:30. I did brave the heat to go out and at least try and trim the squash bug egg situation and rid the squash bed of the garlic that was nearing harvest time to make treating easier.
Behind the sprays and the cute kid above are some "hedging my bed" (get it? LOL) plants. I went ahead and purchased a hybrid grape tomato and hybrid big tomatoes resistant to blight. I had to do it, I'm afraid of no tomatoes! I also have read repeatedly that squash bugs favor zucchini over all other squashes, so I bought some. Can you believe I don't ever plant zucchini? LOL and it still shows up on my counter somehow. What I thought was funny was that I couldn't just buy one, noooooo, it had to be a cell 3-pak. Upon arriving home I noticed there were two plants in each cell, equaling SIX zucchini seedlings. This is like the nursery/greenhouse planter's sick joke. I admit I'd do it too if I was a commercial planter, heehee! Anyway, I'm planning on these becoming the trap crop so ideally I can throw napalm at them and not my heirloom veggies!
Here's Loch reading out of his bug book while I harvest garlic. I still can't get this kid to handpick the bugs for me and throw into the soapy bucket, but he's good at pointing them out to me LOL.
Finding beauty in the war zone... "peek a boo Pansy!"
Finn is turning into my cameraman, now I actually have another photo with me in it!
By noon it was too hot to be outside any more so I retreated inside to hang the garlic and make bread for the kids' lunches this week, can you believe they are still in school here? Craziness, I say, or as Ribbit would say - it's un-American! Indeed.
My favorite harvest to look at, the garlic is now curing!
Saved the worst for last...
the Amish Paste bed... now has Early Blight.
I wanted to treat tonight with the organic fungicide I bought, but "they" are calling for thunderstorms, so I'll get at it first thing in the a.m.
Below is the Brandywine bed, looking good (knocking on a lot of wood these days). After last year and the bacterial wilt on the tomatoes I separated the tomatoes into 2 different areas, although this one is the most congested. I'm thinking I might treat preventatively anyway, I sure don't want anything to happen to these.
Speaking of thunderstorms, this is what is moving in as I just went to go look out the window...
It looked like this the other night too, but we got zip.
I'm exhausted. Even though I didn't really spend more than 90 minutes outside today, the heat did me in.
Next up, one of these! Blackberry Lemonade made with last years frozen blackberry juice with a splash of big girl vodka mixed in! Only a splash though, since I really want to finish a book tonight!
Just as I was getting ready to hit "publish" I noticed it's pouring outside, yay!