"I'm sorry little squash bug but you are breaking laws in my garden! I'm going to have to sentence you to death... " I've been trying to keep up on them this year but being that I'm not there to remove bugs and or eggs from the plants they have a week to do whatever they want. So it's every other week that I'm picking egg clutches off and occasionally a bug. So far it's been enough to keep them from killing the plants I have left but now my problem is the heat and blossom end rot. My soil stays relatively damp well not during the rare occasions in the summer where we have either a drought or heat wave come through but there is no reason for the plants to not be able to take up calcium. So the only other thing I can think of is there are vine borers on my plants that haven't started killing the plant to fast but have cut the supply of calcium off for them to produce fruit. It's not like I don't have any calcium in the soil because I fertilize with fermented whole fish meaning there are lots of bones involved on the making of my fish emulsion. So who knows. It just sucks because I've still only picked one zucchini and three yellow squash all year. Oh and there will be no drip irrigation for a while since the timer I bought has problems and can't be returned right away. I would just buy another but I'm saving my money because I just bought my self a plane ticket... You all will see where I'm going shortly... Haha be patient 😂 #growingbacktoeden#backtoeden#homesteading#homesteader#farmer#organic#sustainable#sustainableliving#farmlife#groworganic#eatrealfood#fromfarmtofork#gardening#organicgardening#farmer#gyo#farmfresh#gardenpests#badbugs#squashbugs#backtoedengarden
What a day visiting Paul at the #backtoedengarden. Soaking in all of the beauty from today - the soul nourishing kind and the physical. Going to bed with dirt under my nails and so much gratitude. #familieswhocookhomestead
This is the first year our garden has been truly successful! Last year we solarized the soil and added a new layer of mulch. We have dozens of cucumbers, lots of green tomatoes, some beautiful sunflowers, along with the blackberries and few other things. I find the most creative inspiration outside, so the garden has been feeding us food and feeding my creative motivation this summer. #backtoedengarden#blackberries#sewandgrow
I have always mulched, first with straw and the last few years, with wood chips. I end up with terrible nitrogen deficiency, and some things just don't want to grow. I'd like to try a year of just good ol dirt, hoe in the ground, and covering it for winter. Looking for advice from both sides- mulching vs non mulching #surveysays#gardenhelp#gardenadvice#backtoedengarden
FINALLY got a full grown squash from one of my squash plants! I've been in a daily battle with the squash bugs, and this definitely feels like a victory. . I check the plants each day and remove (aka kill) any squash bugs I find. They've taken a couple of my plants, but not all of them. We'll see how many more edible fruits I actually get.