Summer’s Ending

It is really hard to believe summer is just about over. The weather guy says tomorrow may be the last 90° day until next year. Can’t say I’ll miss those but it is always sad to see the plants struggle to push nutrient up to new buds through their drying and ragged limbs, knowing that little bud won’t ever be any more than it already is.

The garden is still producing hot and sweet peppers, lots of sun flowers and wildflowers, okra, field peas, a few tomatoes, and even some strawberries. I’ve already begun to clean the planting beds in preparation for next year’s garden. Pretty soon we’ll start to dig again.

We haven’t had any trouble with garden pests this year. Some squash bugs began to show up in June but the Assassin Beetles took care of them. I learned that the Squash Bugs and the Assassin Beetles have very similar looking eggs that are laid on the plant’s leaves. It’s only after hatching that it is easy to discern which eggs were the bugs and which were the beetles. Squash bug larva are gray and almost soft looking while the Assassin beetle larva are bright red or orange (or at least the one here are). The larva take on the body shape of the adult making it even easier to tell them apart. Assassin beetles are a must in any natural garden setting.

Turns out the Comfrey tea is a must-have also. It runs nearly everything out of the garden! Sometimes it was even hard for me to tolerate as it smells just like fresh horse poop. The smell doesn’t easily come off either.

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3 thoughts on “Summer’s Ending

  1. That’s so great to hear your pest situation went well this year! How big are the larvae? I often see the nymph stages of squash bugs and leaf-footed bugs, and by then I can’t tell what kind they are and end up squishing them just in case (and probably squishing some good bugs that I mistooke for squash bugs or leaf-footed bugs.)

    My goal next year is to try my hand at growing comfry and making tea. Any tips on what kind of conditions it likes?

  2. My bad. Nymph is the correct word, not larvae. I don’t even think these particular insects have a larvae stage. Sorry. I have my comfrey in a raised bed in the garden where it recieves full sun all day.

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