We harvested another 8 pounds of veggies from the Garden. I'm pleased with how well our little beds are producing. I'm not so pleased with the pests that keep plaguing our plants. Today we had to rip out all of the remaining zucchini plants. They had an infestation of some type of stem boring insect that annihilated the whole bed. We are going to treat the bed (organically) and let the soil rest for a little bit before planting anything else there. While we are disappointed this happened, it just proves that we need to get more healthy organic matter into our soil. All in good time.
On a positive note, the corn is now almost taller than Rob and we have our first tassels which means we will have corn soon!
More noteworthy news; our butterfly attracting plants are attracting butterflies! Friday we spotted this Red-spotted Purple basking in the sunshine and sipping nectar. I'm not sure why it is called a Red-spotted Purple as it does not have red spots nor is it purple but all of the books I have on butterflies indicate that as the species.
We usually go to the Garden before 7 a.m. and don't have the opportunity to see many butterflies at that time of day. On Friday we went later in the day and were fortunate to witness this beautiful butterfly. I'm sure if you are in the Garden in the afternoon you may have the opportunity to witness the butterflies that come by the Garden for a snack.
So, despite the awful heat and frustrating pests, the Garden is doing remarkably well for it's first year. I spoke to Mr. Ozmun (our new principal) last week and he is on board for starting a school-wide composting program. That will help the soil tremendously!
|This guy has his eye on the lettuce. It's a good thing he can't reach it!|