It is nearly the end of September and my garden is still going strong. On the herb side of things I have Italian flat leaf parsley (too much of it!), oregano, rosemary, thyme and basil. On the vegetable side of things there are some peppers valiantly fighting to give me just a few despite my choice of a not-so-great location for them. I got a little lazy and let some romaine bolt and I neglected the cucumber plant. The romaine is doing some funky things in return for my negligence but that cucumber plant was so thankful I tucked a stray seed found in the bottom of the envelope in the dirt late in the season that it's sprawling nicely all over the place and has already given me several plump juicy cucumbers with the promise of a good many more.
Then there's the right hand garden full of the Mafia Tomatoes. All but one of the plants made it to adulthood and they are all giving me tomatoes. Not as many as I'd like, but considering the overabundance of rain we had all summer that lead to many tomatoes getting a weird black spot on the bottom just as they started to ripen they seemed to have rebounded. After the too much rain and the black spot crisis I got more vigilant in checking them over nearly every day and removing any leaves and/or baby tomatoes that just didn't look right. It must have worked because every leaf on those plants are perfect and tomatoes are forming every day AND I've got a bowl of pretty ripe ones in my fridge. Not too bad!
Despite all of this thriving goodness in my garden I've been wondering about this:
This is a leaf from one of my two broccoli plants. (The other plant has been gnawed almost to the ground). I've never grown broccoli before and this perplexed me because the other vegetables that are in the same bed as the broccoli are untouched. The vegetable itself wasn't doing too well either. Every time it looked as if it was starting to get bigger I'd check it again to see that it looked like someone had been nibbling on it.
Tonight I found the culprit. A-hem! Culprits! I plucked a dozen of these guys off my broccoli plant tonight and I will be looking for more of them tomorrow. And the next day. And the day after that. 'Cause you know, as a stay-at-home-mom whose children are in school I've got nothing better to do with my time. Waging war against these green wormy-caterpillar-things is by far more important than things like laundry. Or running the vacuum.
Don't you little $#!+$ know there's perfectly good neglected romaine just a few feet away? You really should leave the broccoli alone because I was going to eat that.