I Picked Both Zucchini And Squash Bugs

I picked both zucchini and squash bugs today. I can’t believe the bugs are at it already. Having experienced first hand what they can do to a plant I didn’t hesitate to grab them with my fingers. No time to go get the spray bottle full of soapy water, they were all connected to each other by their butts. You know what that means. The babies and juveniles are much harder to deal with because they run around to the other side of the leaves when they see you. I’m an insect lover but grabbing a squash bug is revolting. They look too much like spiders and they wiggle in your fingers and crunch when you squeeze. I tried throwing them on the ground to squash them but one would often get away. Once they get populated on the plant they cause it to stop producing. It gets droopy and weak so the pill bugs start feeding on it where it touches the ground. If you continue to eliminate them the plant can come back but you’ve lost a month of zucchini.

The mint growing in the garden seems to be really enjoying the weed eater. Cutting off the tops must encourage root growth because they are spreading out. I’ll call them ground cover and just go ahead and walk on them for now. It will add a pleasant fragrance to a casual stroll. Maybe, like marigolds, it will deter insect pests from easily finding their host plants. The hollyhocks are getting thinned now that they are tall enough to shade the veggies. They get removed little by little as I notice them throwing shadows at various times of day. Only a few clumps will be left before long, even though they are my favorite garden flower. They get so tall that it’s impressive. The wind sways them so there is always movement, and their flowers are preferred by the bumblebees so ya gotta love em 🙂

I removed a stand of tall hollyhocks the other day because it was shading my second planting of cauliflower. Now the temperature has soared into the 90’s and I may have to rig up some shade cloth for them. What a geek. I thought they weren’t growing fast enough because of the shade. It may have been because of the temperature. This warm spring might be adverse to their maturing slowly enough to produce large heads. The peas will stop producing in this heat. They are very temperature sensitive that’s why the saying ” Get your peas in by St. Patrick’s Day” got started. You want them from to mature before the heat of summer sets in. Hot spring days are ideal for sitting in the garden shade shelling peas, watching humming birds and drinking cool water from a cup.

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