While it’s been getting warmer the last couple of weeks, the weather has been very favorable. Although it hadn’t rained for about a week, we got a light rain the other day and the irrigation system seems to be doing a good job keeping the soil from drying out.
I’ll admit that I’ve been anxious, worrying that the tomatoes will fail, or something will happen to the cucumbers, so I’ve been checking the garden every day. You really have to stay on top of things, pulling weeds and ensuring that the plants are getting enough water.
The part that amazes me is you can look one day then come back the next, and like magic vegetables appear. Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised to find some decent sized cucumbers (one ready to pick!!). On the downside, there was a tiny hole in the side of it. Clearly the signs of the dreaded pickleworm (Diaphania nitidalis), a small green worm that can quickly destroy your entire crop if not treated. If you have pickleworms, treat them immediately. The best product is something called BT (bacillus thuringiensis). It is supposed to be a safer pesticide to use around bees and is a naturally occurring microorganism that produces chemicals toxic to insects, so it will kill the pickleworm larvae. Let’s hope it does the trick, would really hate to lose my entire crop.
We also have the start of some nice looking tomatoes. They’re still green, but another couple of weeks and they should be ready to eat. Can’t wait.
The apples are looking good..
and, new growth on the orange and lemon trees. I guess they’ll produce twice a year.