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04 June 2007 @ 12:02 am
Oh, in Garden News:

Something has eaten my strawberry seedlings. The leaves are chewed to bits, and any blossoms are long gone. I'm ready to blame gypsy moth caterpillars, for I am squicked beyond all measure by these creatures and therefore ready to lay the blame for any and every thing from high gas prices to bad fanfic at their multiple crawling feet, but it may be some other crawly is the culprit. In any case, there will be no strawberries in the Wing and a Prayer garden this summer.

Herb-wise, the parsley is looking fairly jaunty. Ditto the sage. My thyme isn't brilliant, but neither is it languishing. The basil? *sigh* Not so great. What the heck?

Peppers are all right so far. Some of the leaves are being chewed up. Likewise the beefsteak tomato plants, thogh they're finally showing some blossoms. And oh! I have wee grape tomato-lings! It just might be that I'm not going to kill all these happy, hopeful plantlings. This calls for more exclamation points.



The beans are taking their time. The summer squash is all leafy and gorgeous, but I so fear whatever is chomping at my other veggies is going to have at those lovely leaves.

The potted lavender is healthy but showing no signs of flowering. I still need to find a home for the Sweet William (note to self: window boxes this week! Seriously, now!), but my other containers (catnip, other basil, flowers) are all fairly happy.

Oh, one more thing: there's a soft, steady rain falling tonight. That's good news for our very, VERY slowly growing lawn, and for the flowers and veggies as well. Also? There is the most delicious breeze blowing through the window.
I feel: impressedwoot!, cautiously
curdnerdcurdnerd on June 4th, 2007 11:02 am (UTC)
If you've got caterpillars, you need a biological control called Bacillus Thurengiensis, or BT for short. You spray it on your garden, and it gives caterpillars the hershey squirts, while not affecting so-called higher order animals like us.

You'll take great pleasure in knowing that your nemeses met with such an ignoble fate!
harpiegirl4harpiegirl4 on June 4th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
Yay! Can't wait to come up and see your garden, strawberry-lessness notwithstanding. My herbs are doing really well (I'll bring you some basil, I've got enough to flavor spaghetti for an army and a half). My fingers are crossed for my beefsteak tomatoes. They seem to be doing well, but being that I've never successfully grown a vegetable before, I remain skeptical. I'm very excited, as I am every year, about my daylillies, which I keep in a large brown pot and have come with me from Brooklyn. They bloom reliably large and yellow, like little golden suns. Beautiful. :)
mistress_kathmistress_kath on June 5th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Basil can be sorta fragile. It usually perks up when it gets hot. It also likes lots of direct sunlight.
Kel: the stolen childladyjoust on June 5th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
Ah. That may explain quite a bit. I remember the last time I tried to grow basil, a good fifteen years ago when I was still at my parent's house, and there was no stopping it. I assumed it was mad hardy and would flourish anywhere.

This is why I sort of fail as a gardener. *sigh* I am SO doing research for next year.