My unique spinach, Japanese cucumbers
I've been so busy that most of my extra time has been spent taking care of the garden and not writing about it. I grab a half hour in the early morning before the sun hits the garden, one half during lunch time (when the sun is overhead, WHEW!)and a final 30 minutes in the evening after the sun is behind trees and before the mosquitoes chase me out.
My priority is to look for damaging insects, but while I am down there, I'll pull a weed or two. The second priority is to start looking for results. As you can see, my Japanese cukes are starting to come in, even though this particular batched was labelled Spinach. I need to get some cold process pickles from them, but they are really sweet and tender for sandwiches, so...
We have had a small serving of yard-long beans, and could have our first bitter melon but I am holding back. Just a wee bit larger.
The edamame should be big enough to eat next week and we are really looking forward to that. They don't stand a chance. :-)
Tomatoes are all over the place but ripening does not seem to be a priority for them. Flowering wasn't either so I guess I have a batch of slackers.
I have several different squash coming in and so far, I've been winning the war on squash bugs. I've been particularly aggressive this year and hand crushed every one I found, along with their eggs. A few babies got past me, but they are now gone also. I feel guilty and triumphant at the same time.
Only four Japanese beetles so far, a few cucumber beetles and one insect I have yet to identify. All my searches by photo have come up empty so I presume they are not a particularly damaging insect. Therefore, they survive.
The swallowtail butterfly has a few caterpillars munching on our dill, but the plants were volunteers and we do not use much dill so they have been left to grace our flowers later. There were three but they are down to two so I guess the birds have stepped up.
Birds are one reason I think I do not have a bad bug problem yet. Many sit on the wires and support I use for the melons and yard-long beans so I am sure the bugs are easy prey right now.
One caterpillar I am missing is the horned tomato worm. Not that I am complaining, but each time I visit the garden I specifically look for them on the tomatoes. Nothing, yet.
It time to list folks, so.. I will see if I can make this my only post today. Oh, I have a LOT more garden observations, but I will try to save them for another post, with my first real fig of the season. Why real? I'll explain when I write. :-)