I took the day off from work today to cram for a really difficult licensing exam I'm taking tomorrow. Naturally, I'm blogging instead of hitting the books. Hey - I need my morning coffee to take effect before I can be expected to think clearly anyway. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
While it was on my mind, I wanted to take note of last year's garden invaders, along with my strategy for overcoming them this year. I had three
Offender #1: Mr. Peter Cottontail
Sure, he LOOKS like an innocent woodland creature. But Peter and Petunia (whom I did not get a picture of) really took a liking to my lettuce seedlings. I was SO looking forward to that mesclun mix. Darn you furry villains! This year the bed will be surrounded by a chicken wire fence. I'm not quite sure what I'll do about keeping them out of the containers yet - hopefully the height will be enough of a deterrent? If not, I may have to invest in Smith & Wesson..
Offender #2: The Green Monster
No - not that Green Monster (although my husband would disagree..) THIS Green Monster:
This disgusting ectozoon and his band of beastly brothers made the deadly decision of munching on my maters. Each one was sentenced to Death By Spade, a gruesome squashing that turned both my mulch and stomach green. This year I'll try some of that fabled BT spray early on and hope for the best.
Offender #3: The Mexican Bean Beetle
Much to my disappointment, these are not cute little bugs that show up with sombreros and maracas. These rapscallions obliterated my pole beans in one fell swoop. My beans were alive and healthy one day, the next skeletons of their former selves. This is a stock photo. You see, they came, they saw, and they conquered before I could capture their image myself. I've heard that neem oil will keep them away, but I'm trying to keep things as safe for my family as possible. Does anyone know if neem oil is dangerous for human consumption?
Offender #4 would have to be our terrential rains last year. For a state that had suffered from a 3 year drought, we certainly made up for lost time. Everything was soggy. Nothing dried out. Unfortunately, I can't combat the weather, so I'll just take it in stride. And with any luck, Mother Nature will be kind this year, and the garden won't be plagued with blight or squash beetles. Positive thinking is a powerful thing, right? Right...?
I'm off to hit the books for real this time. Promise.