Blog posts from September 2008

Leslie feeds the world…

Sep 15, 2008

So, I put out lettuce seeds last week. We've had cloudy, rainy weather, so perfect for these seeds to quickly germinate on their own without my intervention. Right? Well...some patches germinated...only on certain sides of the two beds I seeded. Hmmm, that's weird...something is not right. So I figured my seed must be old and thew out a new batch of 'Black Seeded Simpson' lettuce while working in the garden. I happen to pass by the spot about 30 minutes later and look down to see what appears to be tiny white specks traveling along in the same direction.


As I peer closer, I realize it's my lettuce seeds! An army of tiny ants have discovered my seeds are carrying them one by one up to the corner of the cedar bed and dropping them into the crevace between the posts...where they have apparently built a nest. No wonder my lettuce wasn't germinating! So I watched these little guys systematically carry off every single lettuce seed that'd hit the ground. Sigh....if it's not the's the ants. Namaste my little ant friends...Namaste. Enjoy your dinner!


Sep 15, 2008

So sorry for the overdue update...but such is life! Just a few updates from the veggie garden. Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower transplants are in the garden now, as well as an additional bed of seeds just started of all the same crops. Also seeded chard, turnips, pak choi, kale and others this weekeend. I'm harvesting black-eyed peas right now - yum! You can seed black-eyed or cow peas here in August, in the hotest part of the summer, and they do just fine. They are a really quick crop and easy to grow. They do seem to have attracted the first of the fall aphids, but that is easily remedied (SQUISH). Still have a second round of egglplant coming on and the peppers will keep on keepin' on until first frost. The fall tomatoes I planted in the front yard are going gangbusters and have already set fruit. The plants in the back seem to have decided they don't want to play this game. Not happy...and I'm not sure why. As you can see on my eggplant photos, flea beetle damage was pretty bad this year. They got to the tomatoes and potatoes pretty bad as well, so that's mostly likely what's holding the Tom's back. Also a photo of a new potato growing fiber back I'm trying out.  

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