Monthly Archives: June 2015

Squash Bugs, Yuck

These were the first squash bug eggs of the season, back on May 7.  (Note the little baby pine trees – they are all over).

squash-bug eggs

Almost a month later, they are almost out of control.  It is very hard to look for and hand-squash the disgusting, smelly squash bug.  (I can only bring myself to squash the adult bugs with a pair of leather gloves on).  You can readily see the nymph damage – they suck the green life out of your leaves and you can see the holds and yellowing spots that form, and finally end in sections of the leaf turning brown and disintegrating.
squash bug nymph holes in leaves

These are some squash bug nymphs – soft, gray things with black legs.  If there are a bunch of the underside of a leaf, I will hold one hand over the top of the leaf and rub my hand over the bottom, smashing them all in one nasty swipe.  Icky.
squash bug nymphs


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I notice weird bumps on the stems of plants, especially wild blackberries.
gall on blackberry stem
Doing a bit of research, they must be galls – tissue damage caused by insects.  I found quite a bit of information Here. It also gave me some enlightenment on odd bumps and such on my oaks and other things I have noticed in my woods.  This is probably the plant’s attempt to replace tissue around insect damage.

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The Potatoes Didn’t Work Out

Wow, it’s been 2 months since my last post – not good.

This spring, May and June, we have had double our local amount of rain and the veggie garden is suffering.  I have to figure that the potatoes got too much water.  The plants were beautiful, dark green and growing fine until we got weeks and weeks of constant rain.  The plants ceased to grow and turned yellow and then brown and shriveled up.

See the shriveled, leaves drying up, yellowing plant.
potatoes not do well with too much rain

The baby fig tree behind the back pot is in the ground and seems happy.  The pots have holes in the bottom and 12 inches of soil that the potatoes are growing in and the rest of the space – filled with alternating whole leaves, sand, and hay.  Maybe the 24 or more inches just didn’t drain fast enough?  I plan to buy or make some kind of potato bag and try to grow them again next spring.

What a difference a month of rain can make.  This picture was taken on May 7, about 5 1/2 weeks ago, before the excessive rain.  This is one of about 6 of these caged buckets I made.
potato update may 7

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