Let’s go back in time a few weeks, shall we? Here’s a picture of my green beans from my last garden update. Remember how concerned I was because they were growing so fast and I worried that they’d take over the whole square foot garden?
Yeah. And here they are today.
Sob! They haven’t grown an inch since that last update. Instead, they’ve gone from a beautiful deep green to a sickly yellow. And then there are the holes. Yes, something is feasting on my beans. Jerks! I mean, really insects, do you think I planted this garden for your benefit? Do you? DO YOU?
I’ve enlisted my husband in picking off the various beetles (yes, there are more than one kind) and earwigs (oh yeah, there are those too) I’ve been finding on the bean plants, and it seems to be helping slightly, but I don’t know that anything can help them recover at this point. After trying diluted Dr. Bronner’s for a few weeks with no luck, I bought Safer End-All, but I don’t think I applied enough so it didn’t do much good. As soon as I buy a duster, I’m going to try diatomaceous earth around the base of the plants in order to kill off any recent hatchlings. I know this stuff kills the beneficial bugs too, so I’m limiting it all to this little square–I hope that will be enough.
I finally planted my lettuce and kale, but it seems that the afternoon heat is a little too much for them to handle, so I’m going to take some burlap and build them a little canopy. See how much I care for my plants! I am so dedicated, guys! I knew that these plants were best suited for fall, but I thought I’d try growing them during the summer because I’m impatient like that. I plan on growing more this fall anyway.
In other news, my zucchini has been blooming, but no fruiting action is occurring. This happened last year too–while everyone else in the community garden was enjoying a bumper crop of zucchini, mine would blossom and then the flowers would fall off. Over and over and over, all summer long. My pattypan squash did the same thing. I’m hoping to have better luck this summer, but it’s been a rather inauspicious start.
How is your garden doing this week? Do you have problems with insects too? If you can help me solve my bean problem, I will send you a bushel of beans when harvest time comes and my undying gratitude. Okay, maybe just the latter, but that’s worth something, right?!