Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tomato Cankers, Hornworms and Green Aphids

Sad state of affairs in the veggie department.
Figured out why the Early Girl tomatoes were ripening before maturing. Question is how do we prevent the cankers? Any one have a remedy?
Hornworms have invaded my tomato plants as well
Picked eighteen of them off the plants today. They are only half inch long but will grow to 3 inches and as fat as your finger in a couple of weeks time devastating the plants.
Tiny green aphids have invaded my lettuce, thousands of them.
They look like tiny green fruit flies only a millimeter or two long.
Did get a volunteer tomato plant that sprouted in next to my burn pile out behind the barn. I transplanted it to a flower pot. I suppose we will see what variety it is.
Patio and sun Gold tomatoes seem to be doing OK despite the caterpillar infestation.
and seem to bearing fruit
Red and Yellow bell peppers, and Marjoram doing OK though the red pepper seems somewhat stunted.
Deck flowers seem happy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

July Flowers

This week's offerings

Veggies are also doing well
Squash, both Acorn and Yellow making their way up the wire trellis
 Pear trees are bearing fruit
They may stand a chance if the bugs and weather don't get them first.
I think I counted a total of 18 on one tree.
Tomatoes "Early Girl" variety are about inch and a half across.
And they are starting to turn red
Not sure whats up with that, as they are not nearly big enough and previous Early Girls I've had are a solid 2&1/2 inches across or more.
It is quite a large plant. The old shower curtain goes over it when heavy thunderstorms threaten to pummel it.
Lettuce seems happy in the mud room.
A visitor that has been hanging around the patio lately.