With a good bit of rich compost and supplemental watering twice a week my cucumbers, squash, zucchini, watermelon, pumpkin and butternut squash are all lush, green and loaded with fruit and blossoms. Too good to be true. This year you betcha!
Look who I found yesterday lurking around the squash patch. For those who have never had a visit from the little fellow these are striped cucumber beetles. And are they a bugger to get rid of. Even worse they carry a wilt virus that can wipe out a squash, melon or cucumber patch in a weeks time.
And look in the field peas. Yes those are aphids. See the little black bugs on the stem and the ant there. Where you have aphids you have ants.
And my little friend here who should be out there eating those aphids is where? Lounging around on Hank's wet beach towel on the front porch in the shade. S L A C K E R !!
So what is my agenda for the day...mix up a batch of garlic spray for the aphids and a bucket of soapy water to start picking cucumber beetles and start drowning them in it. Bwwaaahhhh : )
I'll be awhile !
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