Sorry little caterpillar. In general the broccoli is looking pretty good and didn't sustain too much damage - a few pin holes. I seem to have caught it quite early. I'm not sure I would've even thought anything of it, except Liisa was having a bit of looper trouble a week or two ago and noticed some butterflies and egg sacks.
After doing a little research it looks like my troubles were caused by the egg and caterpillar stage of an Imported Cabbage Worm. I'll be sure to keep checking for egg sacks till harvest since there will be multigenerations over the course of the season.
On another note, I reseeded those areas where my first round of carrots didn't come up. I was surprised at the low germination rate. Hope this next round is more productive. (62% germination for the first round of Sugar Snax Carrots and 50% germination of Purple Haze)
I was also inspired by Sinfonian's interplanting of blueberries and strawberries. My shrubs are still quite small (only two years old when I planted them last fall) and I don't see why I shouldn't use the bed to its best advantage. I'd rather be eating strawberries then pulling weeds! So I grabbed a few of the runners off some of the potted stawberries I have around the yard and plunked them down in-between my blueberries.
I had fun today too and harvested a few radishes! It was nice to actually go into the garden and pull something out and eat it. It's been a long, long time coming! Four years in fact. They were the best damn radishes I've ever eaten... lol If you check out the side bar you'll notice that I've set up a harvest tally. There's no way I can keep up with either Granny or EG (besides if I even got close EG'd just build 12 more beds and Granny'd take over the truck bed again and I'd never catch up!) but I'll be happy knowing how much I was able to grow this year. ::g::
No matter what I do something always seems to go amiss. I pulled my radishes and couldn't believe the plethora of problems I was confronted with. First there was the inconsistent watering which causes the root to split thusly:
I also ran into some not so friendly cabbage maggots which were dining on my lovelies. Looks like they can be taken care of by applying nematodes. I also had one radish that never formed a bulb which can happen apparently when it gets either too hot (85° + ) or too much nitrogen. I'm thinking it was the few hot days we had a while back - which would also explain the few radishes with cracked / split forms. My greatest challenge has always been maintaing consistent moisture... I need to work on that.
Speaking of work, just because the beds are in and most of the plants are planted doesn't mean I get to rest on my laurels. I started the next landscaping project today... well I lifted the first shovelful anyway. I've been thinking about it for a while. (I've also decided to nix the chickens for now.*) This is what I'm currently up against:
This is what I'm hoping I knock out by the end of fall. Maybe I can get DH to help. He's not really into any sort of gardening but if I pester him he'll oblige.... though come to think of it he did turn the compost pile today. Hum. Maybe he secretly wants to be a garden guy. Heehee.
I've got such a loooong way to go. I had two bricks left over from the blueberry bed wall so they went down. I need to get over to McDepot and pick up a whole lot more if I want to get anywhere with this wall building business.
* I thought I'd take my kiddlet to visit some chickens. It went badly. She really wanted to hug them. When they wouldn't oblige and ran away she tried to get their attention by throwing (small) rocks at them. Oh noze! I think we're going to wait a few years before we think about keeping them. I also think our yard is just really too small as I'd like to give them more free range then just the run they'd be confined to most of the time while waiting for my daughter to grow up. lol