Tag: pests

My Little Lemon Tree

My Little Lemon Tree

| September 15, 2012 | 9 Replies

My Little Lemon Tree, my so-called “ever-bearing” Meyer lemon tree, has not born a ripe lemon since last November. It had quite a lot of blooms in the spring, but, it’s September, and, though carrying two dozen lemons, the leaves don’t look so well. I recently gave it more iron, organic plant food, alfalfa meal, […]

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Aphids and Planting with Linden

Aphids and Planting with Linden

| September 1, 2012 | 5 Replies

Aphids and Planting with Linden: I started at seven A.M, hand-watering. When it’s quiet out, and you take a good look at how things are in the garden, you get drawn in. First, I tidied up my tomato and watermelon vines (it seems there’s more of that to do every day now with the summer […]

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Watermelon, Watering & Bugs

Watermelon, Watering & Bugs

| July 26, 2012 | 7 Replies

Watermelon, Watering & Bugs are preoccupying me these days. When my watermelon patch (about 6’x6″ with seven plants of baby watermelon) started showing fruit, I could count at least 50 little green balls emerging. Now, it seems like things are amiss. (I’ve since learned that vines put out a lot of little ones, but they […]

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Nasty Aphids Attack Corn!

Nasty Aphids Attack Corn!

| July 9, 2012 | 4 Replies

Nasty Aphids Attack Corn! What else is new? Aphids attack everything! As I was out shaking the tassels to promote pollination, I discovered my second corn plant has been attacked. Everyone passing by my garden has told me they had trouble growing corn here, and I am no exception! Though, I naively thought I might […]

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What’s Eating My Amaranth?

What’s Eating My Amaranth?

| May 24, 2012 | Reply

What’s Eating My Amaranth? Something’s eating the tender shoots. When this much of the shoot gets eaten, there’s not enough energy in the plant to recover. I confess I planted Amaranth because the description on the seed packet sounded so enticing. “Elegant burgundy plumes add rich color to the back of a border. Striking maroon leaves […]

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Corn Eclipsed!

Corn Eclipsed!

| May 21, 2012 | Reply

Corn Eclipsed! After working all afternoon to plant my ten new organic corn seedlings, my neighbor, C.L., came over with a welding mask so we wouldn’t miss the eclipse. It’ll be 12 more years till the next one, so thought I would take a few photos. I shot through the green glass till the sun […]

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Earwigs! GRRRR!

Earwigs! GRRRR!

| May 18, 2012 | 2 Replies

Earwigs! GRRRR! That’s my response whenever I see them. After many nocturnal visits to the garden, witnessing numerous snails and slugs, and the occasional Armadillidiidae (roly poly) foraging on my vegetables, last night I spotted a Dermaptera (earwig) lounging on a young spinach leaf. I was curious what critter was eating on my new spinach seedlings, […]

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What’s New!

What’s New!

| April 27, 2012 | 1 Reply

If you have watched “Curbside Cauliflower” – Episode 2 of “Late Bloomer,” you know I am growing cauliflower in the parkway, and you heard me say, “One morning, you go out and it looks like this…and the next morning, this is staring back at you.” And there is a photo of a fully-formed white cauliflower […]

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Earth Day!

Earth Day!

| April 22, 2012 | 4 Replies

You never know what you are going to find when you go out and inspect your garden in the morning.  You have to be vigilant when growing cauliflower and cabbage, as there’s a ton of critters that enjoy feasting on them.  Today, I was met with these on one of my 8 plants.  I picked […]

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