You’ve been here many times before, but I had so much fun discovering what’s been happening behind the scenes that I just had to share with you dear reader.
First, thing you’ll notice is that my sunflowers are now about 12 feet tall! Walking in the garden with these behemoths towering overhead makes me feel like a child again…
But now I turn your attention to looking closer, underneath the leaves here, where you will find squash blossoms and immature fruits awaiting pollination.
What’s that you say?
You spy bugs in the blossoms?
Not to worry. Keep up with me now.
Here’s a surprise! Naked Ladies bounding up from the ground where I was sure they would be never seen again! You see there was in incident with that rototiller earlier in the season… Yet there were survivors and…
Oh, yes I saw it too, another little bug in the flower, and it’s eating the pollen you say? Don’t worry, just follow me…
Having never grown cotton before I was enchanted with how the flower buds reminded me of ceremonial Thai hats.
We had a couple of 2 X 4 Tarter tank water troughs hanging about, left over from brooding chicks and geese. So we moved one into the garden and attached a lovely faucet handle (brought all the way from the house in California) into the drain hole. Now I fill it from the well and it gently soaks the garden on days with no rain. I think it looks lovely and it is definitely practical don’t you agree?
I thought these were stunning so I captured them for you too...
I’ve entitled it:
A Mother’s Adoration
So as you have noticed I have bugs. I chose not to spray and that’s what you get when you don’t use chemicals. Lots of bugs! Instead I planted flowers in the midst of the garden and that, my friends, brought in more bugs.
So, allow me to introduce you to my equalizers…
The Fairy Lacewing
(He must have flown in from my last post! 😉 )
Looking closely we see evidence that parasitic wasps have taken up residence amongst the tomatoes… I know it offends your sensibilities, and for that I am sorry, but it is a bug eat bug world out there and without the beneficials we would go wanting!
And now finally…
OK, you’ve been officially warned.
(Please do click on her for a closer look, and if you can stand it, click on her again to really see her in detail.)
I found this beautiful lady! She’s one and one half inches long (including legs)! Do you see her suitor in the background?
For those bugs who would seek to destroy my garden by their sheer numbers, Japanese beetles and squash bugs, well there is the bucket of water for them… I gather them up every morning and take them over to my chickens and the WeeChoo. The chickens make short work of the Japanese beetles, and My guinea hen “WeeChoo” eats the squash/stink bugs!
Yes, my garden is full of insects. Some of my plants have holes in the leaves and I lose a few to the bad guys now and again. However, as time goes by the good should outweigh the bad.
In the end, I have the confidence of knowing that I can eat what I grow without fear. It also makes me glad that I have not added anything to the environment that would do harm.
It is a great feeling.