That’s what this year has been about so far. The war between myself and the bugs started early and got vicious quickly. It was a tad bit depressing, really.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. I had high hopes for the garden this year. I patiently created what felt like a thousand little pots out of saved paper tubes and planted all manner of seeds. And they germinated…even the incredibly finicky Thai Roselles! …and then we went on vacation for a week, the house-sitters dutifully watered…and we came back to paper tubes floating in several inches of water and clouds of fungus gnats beneath the lights. Naturally, everything died.
So I replanted. And some came up, and some didn’t (like the incredibly finicky Thai Roselle.) Some seeds were planted directly in the garden. They germinated beautifully: cucumbers, lettuce, choi and rashishes…and all were mowed down by the army of hungry cutworms lying in wait beneath the mulch.
So I replanted AGAIN. The choi was, alas, simply too tasty to be ignored, as were the radishes and lettuce. The cucumbers were still safely tucked away in the (now gnat-free) nursery.
The battle escalated. Every afternoon (and early mornings when I could manage it), I picked, squished, and stomped my way to victory. Eventually, as the enemy’s numbers grew out of proportion, I succumbed to the lure of insecticdes…mostly organic insecticides. More on that later. Suffice to say for now that it worked.
Now the cucumbers have been planted, the REplanted lettuce, radish, and a few hardy carrots & spinach are coming along. Tigger & Serpent melons are climbing madly, along with pumpkin, lakota squash, zucchini, yellow summer squash, butternut, and shamrock squash. Beans have yielded two pickings so far with lots more to come, and the tomatoes are bursting with fruit. The corn is at the proper height and already tasseling. Strawberries have been bountiful, rested, and are at it once more.
I think this has been a good year for stone fruit. The Nanking cherries were astoundingly bountiful, as have been the plums, peaches, and apricots. I wasn’t certain we’d survive the picking schedule! Now I wonder what I’m going to do with all that squash.