Daily Archives: June 1, 2012

Adventures in Gardening Part 18 ~ The Good the Bad and the Ugly

I’m writing this from my mom’s patio today ~ it’s an absolutely gorgeous day outside!

Not so gorgeous in my garden, however.  😦

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I had to yank out my spinach.  It was a lost cause.  Where life once was is now empty and barren…I suppose I should take out the plant marker.  It’s too late to replant and it’s only a sad reminder of what the bugs have stolen from me (insert dramatic music).  Maybe I shall find something else to plant in its place.

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Same story with my broccoli…I know… it’s boring and somewhat depressing to look at a photo of a Popsicle stick in the ground, but “it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.”

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Here’s the worst part of it… since yanking out my spinach and broccoli (and cucumbers, which I haven’t mentioned yet) the bugs have moved on to chomping at some of the other things in my garden.  😦

Like my lettuce…I wonder if I should have left the other chewed up plants in my garden for them to keep feasting on so they wouldn’t have resorted to attacking other things…

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Found this ugly creature snacking on my basil…I was so upset that I could barely focus to take a photo of it.  I killed him dead right after I snapped this.  That little sucker wasn’t going to enjoy even one more nibble from my basil!

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I’m at a loss of what to do.  Nothing I’ve tried seems to be working to stop the destruction.  I may have to resort to spraying my garden with some sort of pesticide, but I can’t bear the thought of doing that.  It goes against everything I am growing my own veggies for!  But it’s one thing when you have a large garden and can afford losses here and there, be it from pests or whatnot, but my tiny garden is only 4×8 so I don’t have any plants to spare.  Ugh woe is me…  :/

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My tomatoes seem to be struggling a bit.  Not from pests, but they just look sort of scraggly to me.I would have thought they’d grow extra happily with their cool blue cages…

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But my zucchini is doing all right.~

And my yellow bell pepper is growing well.~

I mentioned earlier that I also had to yank out my cucumbers.  The bugs had completely decimated them beyond hope, so I went to the garden center and bought some replacements.  I’ve never bought cucumbers as plants before, but it was too late to try and start them again from seed.  These new guys look nice and healthy.  Hopefully they stay that way…~

On the bright side (there’s always a bright side) ;),  the Bee Balm my sis bought me is getting ready to bloom!~

~Gardening is my therapy~