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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Pickling Spinach? Other garden ramblings.

Posted Monday, July 1, 2013, at 2:35 PM
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  • On our hill we are starting to need rain. I have watched the radar bring storms that seemed to be a sure thing only to watch them split or dissipate. It is not always a bad thing when it means tornadoes, but..... we need some rain.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 1, 2013, at 5:27 PM
  • STILL needing rain, in case anyone has some extra.:-)

    Just about the time I thought I had the first batch of squash bugs squashed, I find two more doin' their thing. Generally there are two or even three generations per year, so I will have to be diligent all summer.

    My two monarch caterpillars have disappeared. There were three and I was expecting to see a cocoon soon, but now, vanished. I would have been fine to let them finish the dill but, no complaints. The birds are keeping good vigil. Other bugs are disappearing as well.

    While late in producing, I believe it will be a good garden year (as long as rain returns to our hill). The only weak plants are the red potatoes and they were more of an afterthought anyway.

    Our daughter had some spuds that were sprouting and getting soft, so.... I tried them. I suppose anything we get will be good.

    I was walking the edamame (soybeans) when my mind took a few seconds to do a double-take. Small vines were coming up from the leaves and about halfway down the row my mind reminded me that edamame doesn't have vines. I closer look got rid of a few morning glories that had hidden from me for a few weeks.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 2, 2013, at 9:28 AM
  • I am all frazzled. A squash bug has eluded me.

    It was withing two inches of my crunching fingers but it went deep into the squash plant and I would have had to damage the plant to get at it. Didn't seem to make much sense to kill the plant, just to kill the bug, so I wait.

    I have a new visitor tot he garden that had me concerned for a while, but it turns out they are food. A Mydas Fly.

    At first I thought it was a wasp on steroids but them I noticed an orange band around its waist when it landed close to me so I decided to search. Seems they like my wood chips and also like to eat grubs, so we will do well together.

    http://bugguide.net/node/view/2762

    I just have to get used to it buzzing me when I am walking through the garden.

    Speaking of wasps, we have a pair building a nest in our paper box. I have taken the nest down three time now and they have not taken the hint.

    I don't want our delivery person harassed nor my wife stung (slightly more important) so if they don't move out this time, I am going to try to spray the inside with a repellant (after I have evicted them again).

    I'm surprised I have not been stung yet. Twice I have done it during the day and once at night. My luck could be running out.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 2, 2013, at 2:47 PM
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