Jul 10

A Mid-Summer Morning

In the garden this morning. After a heat wave that lasted several days, we experienced a heavy, soaking rain yesterday. The garden is at its most lush under these conditions.

After a good dose of rain, the garden is at peak.

After a good dose of rain, the garden is at peak.

 

Leeks are doing well. IMG_0525[1]

IMG_0523[1]Melons are showing an abundance of flowers, but not many fruit. Seems like a pollination issue, but the season is still early.

hot peppers

hot peppers

 

 

 

 

 

 

blueberries are plumping.

blueberries are plumping.

In the foreground - Brussels sprouts, left summer squash and right buckwheat as a cover crop. Buckwheat also serves as an attractant for beneficial insects like, butterflies, mantas and bees.

In the foreground – Brussels sprouts, left summer squash and right buckwheat as a cover crop. Buckwheat also serves as an attractant for beneficial insects like, butterflies, mantas and bees.

 

 

 

 

 

The “Dog Days of Summer” are soon upon us.

 

…and finally, the pesky “Japanese beetle“. This critter is responsible for quite a bit of damage to the foliage of a wide selection of crops, including trees like the birch and oak and many varieties of flowers, There are traps that attract them with pheromones but I am a bit lazy and perhaps too cheap to buy the traps every year. Not to mention the fact that the traps attract more beetles than they trap. So there are pro and con arguments on everything. Here are other methods of dealing with the little pests.IMG_0534[1]

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