"Welcome" the sign says. Mike brought this metal sign home for me last week and I love it. It was actually part of payment from a guy he did some work for. He gets paid in all kind of odd ways.
We had rain on Sunday and Monday, keeping me from doing anything at the garden. Fretting over bugs devouring my beloved plants, I scurried down the hill first thing this morning with my basket full of neem, DE, epsom salt spray, glasses (to see the bugs) and ground eggshells - to assess the situation. Dusty had his eye on something... either Sophie or a bug to run after.
All was well, after inspecting everything - to my relief... one cucumber beetle, quite a few of the annoying little cotton jassids, though they didn't seem to be harming the bean plants much, and a snail that seemed to have perished after encountering some DE. Snails are new this year to the garden; I've not had them before. Here is the first one I found, just cruisin' along.
They are so interesting to me that I really hate killing them, so toss them faaar away into the deep woods. Probably a mistake, but I just can't help it.
Some of the tomatoes had grown a foot in just a few days because of the rain! So I had to tie most of them a little more, making sure they're secure. There are lots of flowers and little tomatoes all over so I sprayed them with epsom salt water. That's supposed to really help in fruit production. I planted some new varieties this year that I am anxious to try.
My zucchini are still going strong. No more squash bugs... knock on wood.
And, so far the deer haven't bothered the sweet potatoes with the metal screen blocking them. They're starting to vine out now.
My okra has been struggling a bit. For some reason, everything that has been grown in this corner of the garden hasn't done that well. But after all the rain, they seem to be doing better.
A few of the beans have grabbed onto the bean arbor! Yes, that is indeed exciting. (You can see the one patch of weeds that I've not gotten to yet, to the right.)
Here is a little herb and flower garden mish-mash. The large plant on the right is the lemon balm I planted last year and the other plants are 4 different mints (starting to vine out now), cilantro, catnip (with a fence around while it's small so the cats can't lie on it like they were doing), some marigolds and some of the cleomes that have popped up all over. I'm looking forward to lots of mint to make lots of mint tea.
Just another view, showing where I hope to finally plant some flowers now that the rain has stopped.
And the whole garden from afar. The sun was just starting to hit it around 10:30, so that's when I left - after sprinkling DE over lots of the plants.
As the sun was going down just a little while ago, I noticed such a pretty light and shot this picture of Dusty sitting on the front of our deck.
I have my first problems with bugs eating ornamentals now. Something is devouring my impatiens on the deck and I have no idea who the culprit is. Some have been chewed down to the dirt. It's just a never-ending battle with nature around here.