Sunday, July 31, 2011

Gardens and Pests.

     We've entered into that time of year when the tomato plants have green tomatoes on them, the pumpkins and squash are growing, zucchini and green beans have already been harvested, and everything is coming along swimmingly. Oh, except for all those nasty pests! My zukes, pumpkins, and butternut squash have been plagued by vine borers. These monsters burrow into the vines of your plants and kill them from the inside out. I'm just praying the pumpkins and squash that have already set will survive. It looks like I'll be needing floating row covers next year to combat these insects. The Japanese beetles have decided that my Vermont Cranberry beans are way too good to pass up, so now I'm going to be out there everyday killing the darn things. This is one of the reasons people are wary of going organic. When you have a pest problem, you can't simply go out and spray. You need to prepare diligently for these things ahead of time (I should have put floating row covers out in the early summer) in order to manage the pests before they're actually a problem. Of course, I'd rather put in the extra work than ingest toxic pesticide residue.
     Despite these issues, the garden seems to be holding it's own. Enjoy the pics.
Roma Tomatoes

Vermont Cranberry Bean

New England Pie Pumpkin


Red Pear Cherry Tomato

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

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