Turns out I’m one of those rare people who have a delayed reaction to yellow jacket stings. It still wasn’t a severe reaction, but it was highly disconcerting when suddenly, a full SEVEN days after the original sting, my arm swelled up and started itching like mad……
I’ve now lost two cucumber plants. I’m blaming the cucumber beetles, as the deterioration looks like bacterial wilt, something that they’re known to spread. Neem oil/insecticidal soap/hand picking is just NOT CUTTING IT for controlling them and they’re all over the garden. I’m considering putting down beneficial nematodes in the entire garden to control the larva, and considering an actual pesticide for the adults. I don’t want to, but they are literally everywhere, and if this IS bacterial wilt I want to stop it NOW. I’ll probly be putting down the nematodes regardless.
We’ve got a steady dribble of tomatoes, and for all that neither of us is a big fan of raw tomatoes we’re both eating these, they’re good. Which is good, cause at this rate I’m not going to get enough at one time to actually make sauce with.
Cross your fingers, we’ve got at least two Sugar Baby watermelons ripening, and at least a couple more growing. At least two white Watermelons (Cream of Saskatuwans) growing. Three cantaloupes. The fancy cantaloupe finally has female flowers on it.
Onions and carrots look good.
Zucchini finally has babies growing.
I’m actually getting sweet peppers this year! I can’t wait for them to ripen!
The jalapeno’s look awesome, going to be a bumper crop there. Looks like most of the mystery peppers are Hungarian Hot Wax peppers, and they’re all producing madly. Two look like they may be habanero’s, now to see if they’re whites or chocolates.
I don’t think we’re going to get any pumpkins this year. The plants are still less than a foot long. I think the cold spring just did them in. I’m on the hunt for a variety thats more cold tolerant.
Potato plants look good, I’ve not tried digging through the straw to check for actual potatoes though.
One variety of lettuce has sprouted and is growing well, neither of the others appears to have even germinated.
Corn…..well, I’ll be happy if we even get a couple ears, that was a massive failure this year.
Blueberry plants didn’t produce any fruit this year, I didn’t even see a single blossom. I’m blaming the extreme winter and cold spring.
Golden raspberry plant is producing well. Boysenberry has produced a few berries, we’re waiting for them to ripen. There are a couple berries on one of the blackberries.
Fruit trees….well, the one apple that didn’t produce last year (at all) has a good crop of fruit on it. The rest of the apple trees have one or two apples, or nothing. And there’s no pears at all. Again, blaming the winter/spring for that one. They all bloomed, and I didn’t think we got cold enough after budding to cause problems, but maybe we did.
My cell phone has developed a problem. Its a Motorola Droid 2, so its not exactly new, but suddenly its developed a mind of its own and is randomly hitting options on the screen without any input from me. This DID start after I dropped it (again) so I suspect a physical problem rather than a virus, especially since I’d not installed any new apps in the previous couple months. It’ll be fine for a week or more, and then suddenly do things on its own. Lotsa fun.
We took Arty to his first Barn Hunt practice last night. I knew his prey drive was high, and he’s finally figured out how to use his nose, so I was hoping this would turn out to be something that I could take him too, and expose him to more things, that he’d enjoy. And yup, he did very well. There’s another practice in a few weeks, we’ll be taking both dogs to that one. Though I don’t expect Apollo do well at it. He’ll pass the instinct portion no problem, but for the actual runs the dog needs to go through a small tunnel, and I don’t expect to be able to convince Apollo that its worth his time to crawl through a tunnel.