Aug 24, 2009

Nature Retaliates

Today I decided to take control of my ever expanding berry bramble.....silly me.

Any one who knows me, knows that I like things that grow without too much interference from me. So of course blueberry bushes work well, as do... oh say... tomatoes, peppers and eggplants...cucumbers and squashes...herbs. You know , things that take my babying during the bleak Winter months, but pretty much aside from a little fertilising with Neptune's Harvest, or another type of fishy fertiliser do their own thing til its time for me to pick the goodies. Okay , maybe there is a bit more to it than that, specially during seasons as crappy as this one started out. First the Aphids, then the Hornworms and Squash Vine Borers....now maybe Late Blight and monster weeds....but I digress.

So I went out to 'trim' my Raspberries. What a mess....and if you were paying attention, you have figured out that I haven't pruned, them other than to remove a dead cane here or there...well....since I planted them. So I can honestly say they are pretty brambled...and mighty thorny, and a little daunting.
Thus Nature Retaliates. Retaliating by cutting me up, making me bob and weave out of the way of flying canes....and actually being almost knocked out by a frantic Cicada that I guess likes my Berry Bramble the way it is.

Needless to say, after a few hours of sun making me dizzy, thorns making me prickly, scratchy and itchy...and cicadas trying to bean me in the head. I quit. My bramble is still just that, a bramble. It is a tad tidier. Definitely much safer to walk around, but as the Golden's are just starting to ripen their second flush of fruit, I will wait to finish it for the cooler less cicada filled Autumn months. Believe me , it will never be as neat and wonderfully symmetrical as I picture when I close my eyes and daydream. But it will be better....I hope.

And for anyone who has Raspberries and wants to know how to prune the canes the right way...her is a link:
Pruning up your Berries

Aug 20, 2009

Horrors for the Hornworms

Well it seems as if there was a third hungry Hornworm roaming around in my Tomato patch. I had suspected as much when I found some munched on foliage and a gnawed on baby fruit. Since that was the extent of the damage I crossed my fingers that Hornworm number two was the culprit and I put it out of my mind....as I really don't like to dwell on those ginormous caterpillars too much.
Lucky for me a Mommy to be Braconid Wasp found Mr. Hornworm number three for me. Those are the baby wasp cocoons you see there on the worms back. After a little examining it appeared to me that the baby wasps have done their jobs and flown the nest(so to speak)....but just to be on the safe side I am going to put the whole mess back into the garden tomorrow so if there are any wasps left they know where to call home.
What a neat surprise.







Here is a link for more information on the Braconid Wasp.

Braconid Wasp

Aug 16, 2009

Green Thumb Sunday

Second one so far this season....hope it is the last one this season. I am getting a bit tired of all of the obstacles between me and a beautiful veggie garden this year!

Aug 2, 2009

Green Thumb Sunday



I planted this beauty of a Daylily earlier this Spring and figured I wouldn't see any blooms from it until next season. The place I bought it from had it labeled as 'Bailey Hay' so I am totally glad it bloomed this year and in time for me to find out that it was definitely NOT 'Bailey Hay' and with plenty of time for me to find out that it is really a 'Siloam June Bug'. Okay, so maybe I didn't plan on a June Bug in the garden....but I am happy it's here.