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Leaf-footed bug

Leaf-footed bug

My first post included a picture of a mystery bug, which I finally identified (with the help of a work friend) as a leaf-footed bug, a relative of the stink bug. When I read up on the devil, I learned that they are voracious eaters of veggies. With that, I went on the hunt. After three days I spotted him on my sunflowers, but when I went to get my terminator of choice I turned and almost stepped on my garden helper, Dusty.

Dusty, my miniature schnauzer

Dusty, my garden helper

After the yelp (mine) and scrambling around, the leaf-footed bug got the hint and disappeared.

Today I noticed him on the lavender, gazing longingly at my eggplants. This time I was able to get him! I’m staying as organic as possible, and didn’t want to spray anything toxic. My solution was a big water glass with a top. I crept up and got him in the water. With those long legs he was quite the swimmer, but eventually he succumbed, and no stink.  (If there are any insect lovers here I will admit it hurt me a bit to watch him struggle, but I managed.) I also drowned some regular stinkbugs that were procreating on my tomatoes.

Now, to steal the hopeful description of a cockroach from the immortal Erma Bombeck, I have to hope that my leaf-footeded bug was a single male, traveling alone. I’ll be watching.

July 21 harvest of eggplant, bell pepper, tomato and bowl of cherry tomatoes

July 21 Harvest

Mr. Stripey tomato with multiple bug holes

Mr. Stripey: victim

Here is today’s harvest. I get this many cherry tomatoes every day. The eggplant variety is Easter Egg, the tomato my first Mr. Stripey. Looks gorgeous in the group picture but in the interest of honesty  I must confess that Mr. Stripey was a stink bug victim.

No disclaimer needed for the bell pepper! It’s my first harvested. Over the last three days there has been a bell pepper explosion with small peppers everywhere. I have green, red and yellow bell plants. May they all do this well!

Went out early this morning and planted a hill of winter squash seeds and some Cherokee Tears beans. More updates if and when they do anything.


Saturday in the Garden

Saturday I spent several hours working in the garden. I never get as much done as I hope! I started this garden in 2012  with a perennial section and this year added vegetables. Now I realize that it takes a year, minimum, to really see what you have with perennials. The phlox

Phlox 7/13/13

Phlox 7/13/13

are coming into full bloom, smelling really great and attracting bees. In front of the phlox are two Easter egg eggplants – have harvested two already. There was a fascinating bug on one leaf – not sure what it was, but my husband dubbed it the “your eggplant is doomed bug.” Guess we’ll see! Please let me know if you recognize this critter.

Your Eggplant Is Doomed bug?

Your Eggplant Is Doomed bug?

Two weeks ago I would have been bragging on my vigorous squash plants, but they have since succumbed to squash vine borers. We did have two good meals of yellow squash  before they died. Research tells me that the borers only have one life cycle per year so I am going to replant. I’ve ordered some jumbo pink banana winter squash seed and will head back to the store to see if any healthy summer squash seedlings remain.

Summer so far has been damp and cooler than normal, but some sun and heat have finally arrived and the bell peppers are starting to set. One plant got an earlier start, but the other seven are just started to hold their peppers. No such trouble on the sweet banana peppers, though! We have harvested once already and they keep on coming.

We have all the cherry tomatoes we can manage! This year we are growing three Supersweet 100 cherry tomatoes, and two are massive and prolific. The cages that looked so satisfactory in May are overwhelmed. We have also harvested six or seven Cherokee purple tomatoes and have many Mr. Stripey’s growing. I love the deep color of the Cherokee purples!

Cherokee Purples tomatoes cut in quarters

Cherokee Purple tomatoes

There are also green beans, limas, new potatoes, sweet potatoes and one little watermelon plant  – more on those later.