I am frustrated, slightly depressed and extremely annoyed..........but will eventually come to just go with the flow of gardening life.
This was to be the year of the food garden. Last year was so bad for tomatoes so I had these big plans for a new garden. Tomatoes on new ground should be disease free since the diseases reside in the soil, another reason why they should be rotated in gardens. So I had DH break new ground, worked like the dickens to get it tilled and planted. So far, it looks good.
But alas, in the yard and backyard garden we have been hit with a plague of Japanese Beetles. I have never seen anything like it. University of Ky. suggests not using traps which I used last year and trapped 5 gallons. I have been spraying the fruit trees regularly and they have been bug free until this morning. The little plum tree was so covered I couldn't believe it. I should have taken a picture disgusting though it was but I didn't. The remaining cherries are covered; I found a few on the pole beans and they found the black berries.
We quit everything and picked 1.5 gallons. At least they won't get those! They are not on the peach trees. I did see a few on the corn. Tonight I will drench the garden with Sevin. There is a very short waiting period before harvest with Sevin and if you spray in the late afternoon, bees are not visiting. There is nothing blooming to be sprayed anyway. I try not to spray flowers because of bees and butterflies.
I hoed the row of sweet potatoes and checked everything in that garden. Something had been eating on the OP corn, not JB. I will spray them too.
We installed the 6 panels for the tomatoes in the new plot and I got bread made....that was it on my list.
We decided late in the afternoon to make an errand run into town. We needed cat and dog food and I wanted to get the beetle traps. We bought 4 and I put them together and went out back to hang them. This is what greeted me.
They were swarming the west end of the backyard garden and on the old apple tree. I didn't go inside the garden to see if the Sevin had kept them off the plum tree...will check this morning.
I was afraid to open my mouth fearing one would fly inside.
Now because of the drought here, I am fearing grasshoppers..........