We have had two full weeks of warm weather with temps going no lower than mid-60’s at night. With amazing growth in the garden has brought bugs, pests, mosquitoes, squash bugs, leaf beetles, a variety of moth larvae. It takes a lot of time checking every plant, beneath every leaf, picking off slugs, beetles, creepy crawlies that want to eat my plants. I am so glad that I’m not squeamish. I can squish a caterpillar with my bare hands. Muahaha . . .
But that isn’t all that’s going on in the garden. No, there are also the deer. I headed out to the garden a few days ago and discovered that one or more deer had pruned 11 of 12 tomato plants in my front garden. My single stem indeterminate tomato plants are now bush varieties. I will consider it a forced experiment in topping indeterminate tomato plants to see if they do well as bushier plants. Why not? When life gives you lemons it is definitely time to make lemonade.
The next day I forced the boys outside in the rain with me at dusk fighting off swarms of mosquitoes to put up the cattle panels that I use for fencing. They worked last year so I am hoping they work again. Typically, a fence of 8 feet is required to keep deer out of the garden. I want to buy some aluminum pie plates to hang along the fence to aid in deterring critters from visiting my garden.
Okay, enough of the challenges. Here is what has happened in the past week.