Floating row cover, weighed down and made semi-transparent by water, is all that stands between fine young brassica greens and the scourge of the flea beetle. The cover is placed right after seeding, weighed down by rocks every 12.5' feet, briefly rolled back for weeding, and … [Read more...] about Greens, protected!
Pests & Disease
[From 29 Apr 2016] Everyone loves the greenhouse! The warmth, the wind break...crops, weeds, all plants love it in here. Now it seems flea beetles have acquired the taste as well. For whatever reason, the FBs usually stayed out of the (much smaller) little greenhouse, but here in … [Read more...] about In the greenhouse: bok choi vs flea beetle
Wormwood of some sort, this weed from the greenhouse, according to our best guess from a selection of possibilities offered up by the smart smartphone plant identification app I've been playing with/trying out. There are several such apps for Android: this one's called Like That … [Read more...] about Weed ID-ing in the Digital Age
Pre-squish: Brand new Colorado potato beetle, larva about the size of a match head, on eggplant. Around the leaf edge, older damage done by bigger CPBs. Recently, for whatever reason, they've been around but not in numbers enough to be a big problem. The crazily erratic weather … [Read more...] about CPBs
It came with the greens. A praying mantis perched on the edge of a lettuce mix harvest basket and took the ride in. Kool kat, with a wraparound look. Friendly, too, if insects can be, calm at least, let it walk on my hand to transfer it to a fence post. Don't see them often, so I … [Read more...] about Praying mantis visit