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Old 03-08-2013, 11:36 AM posted to triangle.gardens
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On Friday, August 2, 2013 7:23:57 AM UTC-4, Daniel B. Martin wrote:
On 08/01/2013 01:57 PM, mj wrote:

How did your gardens go this summer?

A cool spring followed by an overly-wet early summer was unkind to our

crops. In past years our earliest tomato harvest was June 20; this year

it was July 20. At present we are getting plentiful harvests of

cucumbers and Asian eggplants. Basil was good but is starting to bolt.

Squash (Zucchini and Lebanese) are adequate but we see Squash Borer

damage and know the end is near. Tomatoes are still too few. Peppers

are struggling. Weeds are doing quite well.

We've always had insect pests and prefer to cope by hand-picking. It's

not that we are gung-ho 100% organic, but have a preference to avoid

chemicals as much as possible. Don't want to harm beneficial insects

such as Ladybugs and the neighbor's honeybees. This year we've had less

trouble with flea beetles but more of the little white creepy-crawlies

(don't know the proper name). Lots of Colorado Potato Beetles, a few

Tomato Hornworms, no Striped Blister Beetles yet. Kudzu Bugs are

numerous on nearby kudzu vines but have not been seen in the garden.

Daniel B. Martin

Apex NC

Neighbors honey bees? I know a bee keeper in Apex.
I had squash borers too and never have had them before yet no Hornworms (such a blessing that is).
Will you plant a second crop?