The morning was cool, a welcome break from the usual stifling July days. So the family came outside to accompany me on my rounds.
I crushed my latest squash bug findings, but noticed that even under constant attack the plants looked healthy and pollination was in full force.
And I found some blossom end rot on a couple of small watermelons, but it allowed the girls a treat.
And of course we were entertained by a couple of wild dogs.
A bit later I fried up some okra (and snuck in a green tomato), getting people to happily eat their vegetables. After which Gordon said, “You grow us veggies and cook us veggies. Thanks for taking care of us!” Which made me feel less like the Little Red Hen and more like myself.
And finally (speaking of hens), the larva trap was full of fun chicken treats.
The chooks weren’t too keen on eating out of the pie pan, but happily gobbled up the squirmers once I dumped them out.
And here’s the larva trap. Its a plastic flower pot with some bait (rotten apple) wedged into the (vermi-) compost pile and covered with a pie pan to keep light out.
However, it gets raided at night by my compost thief. I was happy when I noticed that the soldier fly larva was back (discovered them last year) because these guys really make nice fast compost, plus now I have chickens to enjoy them.
And some other good news is that neem oil and diatomaceous earth should help with the squash bugs. So off to work I go! I really feel too lazy, but that’s ok. It’s nice out and sitting indoors on my arse isn’t really good for my body or brain.