The Fertile Crescent - June Edition

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All is not well in the land of the growing. My lima beans look like this. Fungus? Bugs? Anyone? I'm really trying to be organic, so I refused the squirt of Ortho that Gay Boyfriend wanted to use last night. Does anyone have any suggestions besides ripping them out before they infect the other plants nearby? i.e. the peppers, spaghetti squash, oregano and lavender? And bun bun finally got a meal out of me. He'd strangely been leaving the whole thing alone, but when I got home from Minnesota, my cabbage had been pillaged. I'm totally okay with this. I mean, rabbits are rabbits, right? And if I had to sacrifice something for the good of nature, then so be it. My mother suggested sprinkling chili pepper all around it, which is what my dad did in their yard and for the first time this year, their tulips actually made it to bloom. Usually, they just get eaten off the minute the buds show. So I did it. Chili pepper in my garden. Whee! Spiiiicy!
But it's not all bad. I had a salad yesterday from my own garden. That I grew! This is a "cut and come again" mesclun lettuce mix. So I cut. And I'm definitely coming again. I couldn't believe I was eating my own salad! I savored it. Oh, how I savored it!
And can you believe that this?
Is now THIS?
And I don't think there's anything prettier in a vegetable garden than a sweet pea blossom.

12 comments:

badmuthafudruckers said...

I would check your beans for slugs. They decimated my spinach and the leaves looked like this - chewed up holes and shriveled up-looking leaves (I think it's the slime).

I cut some sandpaper into strips and circled the spinach. They didn't eat them anymore after that.

artemisia said...

No idea about the bad stuff happening. None.

But! sweet pea blossoms!!!! And tall green things! Success!

tracy said...

Squirells? We can't even have a garden here because of them. Sigh, i used to think they were cute.

Now, the chipmunks are cute.

And your blog decor is beyond....just beyond...

Beautiful!

The Good Cook said...

Hmmm. did you check the underside of the leaves? I'm thinking either Aphids or slugs. LOVE the sandpaper trick and if it's aphids, but some ladybugs, release them at dusk and presto - they eat aphids.

The Good Cook said...

BUY.. I meant buy some ladybugs.. duh me.

buffalodick said...

Very few bugs or animals will eat pepper plants- mix them in together..birds will eat hot peppers- the heat doesn't bother them, and that's how they get planted in the wild- bird poop with pepper seeds in them!

Sparkling Red said...

I agree with the first commenter's assessment. For soft, sluggy things I've heard that crushed eggshells around the base of the plants keeps them away.

The Pollinatrix said...

Your peas are growing so much faster than mine! But mine are finally getting to the point where I need to stake them, at least.

Lemon Gloria said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE sweet peas! They're among my favorite flowers! But don't eat the pods - they're poison! Not assuming you would, just learned this while reading my "how to nurture, feed, and generally keep your baby alive" manual.

Lemon Gloria said...

Also, if it is slugs, my mom is having good luck with the crushed eggshells. And they're so much less gross than pans of beer full of drowned slugs.

Jen said...

Wow, your garden is looking great! I have no idea about bugs, fungus or how to get rid of them, so I'm of no help in that department. But the rest of it, looks truly great!

Shelley said...

How cool that you ate your homegrown salad! Nice reward for all of your hard work with the garden...and I like your attitude about sharing with the bunny. Sorry about the lima beans - no idea what that could be.