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Our Garden Grows, Despite the Aphids

28 Mar

Last year we had almost no bugs in our garden, but this year is a different story. I guess the word’s out that there’s a new garden in town.

And not having much of a winter means the bug population is exploding.

I battled caterpillars on the lettuce last fall (and again this spring) and now the latest pests are aphids. On the lettuce they were green, but on the tomato plants they are tiny and black. I never even saw them on the lettuce until I washed it, and I had to wash the lettuce three times to get them all off.

And I didn’t notice them on the tomato plants until I took a photo of one of our first blossoms.

 

I’m going to try and get rid of them with some soapy water this evening. Hopefully that will do the trick. I also want to purchase some ladybugs and praying mantises to help eat the bugs.

The seedling mystery may be solved soon. I have seven authentic okra seedlings coming up so I will be able to compare them to the ones I’m not sure about and make a proper ID. I asked someone at the garden center why they haven’t have any okra plants out and he said it was because the ground isn’t warm enough yet.

Ours is!

No mystery here: THAT is an okra plant!

Last year our tomato bed was like a jungle. We had a bumper crop of tomatoes before the heat took over, and the tomatoes weighed down the plants so much Michael had to rig up a system of ropes to hold up the plants. This year we’re going to try tomato cages and see if that helps.

Also last year we didn’t put up a trellis for the peas to climb on, and they pretty much died off from powdery mildew from being on the ground. Hopefully this will help.

After a weekend with temperatures in the 80’s, my winter lettuce is seriously bolting. It’s time to start thinking about sewing some new lettuce seeds. I bought three different varieties this time, so it will be fun to compare them.

Michael bought a red bell pepper plant that is already blooming. He’s excited about having red bell peppers very soon.

He’s also growing jalapenos and habaneros from seeds he took directly from peppers we ate for dinner one night. And he says I have the green thumb . . .

With temperatures in the upper 70’s and 80’s these past two weeks, I’m glad we started our garden early. I have a feeling it’s going to be an even hotter, longer summer than last year, which means a lot of the things we’re growing now won’t make it through the intense heat.

I may have to figure out a way to grow some things in pots and keep them in the shade during the hottest part of the day.

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