Michael Battalio


10 April 2016

Bugs

I’ve been slow in cleaning up the garden this spring, partly because I’m not suppose to exert myself due to a health problem, but I’m making progress slowly. I begin this entry with a photo of the fixed corner bed where the gas company ripped out my beautiful rosemary plant. I filled it in with some shrubs, but some sunflowers decided to take over. I let them go because I enjoy this native annual.

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Here’s a progress update on the side bed. I bought some ornamental grasses to help fill in, but I haven’t put those in yet.

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On to vegetables now, first are the tomatoes. I have over 20 plants, so I’m counting on a huge harvest.

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In the large bed I have about 20 broccoli plants and the 40 pepper plants at the front. I didn’t try any other summer vegetables because I haven’t had time to plant any seeds this year.

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I end with proof that even I have to deal with bugs. I let this one head of broccoli bolt, and it is absolutely covered with aphids. I try not to spray anything on my vegetables to let the beneficial insects eat, but this isn’t the first plant I’ve lost to bugs this spring. I may have to take more drastic measures other than the laissez faire approach I’ve used so far. The little gray spots are each an aphid. After I took this photo I plucked the head of broccoli and stomped on it repeatedly to kill all the aphids.

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