Category Archives: garden pests

The Garlic harvest

  The garlic harvest has been interesting this year.  (The photo shows a very small portion of the garlic harvest, plus some “Red Torpedo” onions curing on the Lady Cottage floor.) After a very long, extremely wet winter with periods … Continue reading

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Short report: Tomato hornworms

A sudden outburst of tomato hornworms has hit the potager.  I saw a bit of damage (stems minus their leaves!) and then little piles of worm poop.  It took a spell of stool sitting and staring before I spotted the … Continue reading

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Catch-up

Finally!  The first load of mulch has been spread on the potager’s interior borders!  I have a new set of sore muscles, but it is worth every ache.  The first load went on fairly quickly, because I’d just weeded the … Continue reading

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Garlic is Planted!

  Somehow it is always comforting, as the current growing season comes to an end, that the act of planting cloves of garlic marks the beginning of the next growing season.  It’s an act of faith that the cloves will … Continue reading

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Drats!

You may recall a few weeks ago I optimistically, fingers-crossed, hoped that putting faded marigold flowers that resulted from deadheading around cucurbit plants would eliminate or at least reduce the amount of squash bug and borer damage.  (See the “Will … Continue reading

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Destruction continues!

  My poor begonia!  After removing 10…that’s TEN raccoons so far, this is still happening!  Another victim.  And the big pot just planted yesterday now looks like this:   And to add salt to the wound, last night’s trap was … Continue reading

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Will it work?

This week while I was deadheading marigolds, my mind came up with an interesting idea.    Not everyone bothers to deadhead, but seeing the brown, shriveled heads annoys me, plus the plant will spend more energy forming seeds than making … Continue reading

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