Thursday, September 10, 2009

Being a Glutton for Punnishment and Righting a Wrong

After much thought and weighty pleas, I went out to the garage this morning and fetched out that mantis egg case. It wasn't squished, so I walked out there in the dark and put it back in the sweet potatoes where I found it. I'll keep an eye on it to see what happens.

I tried to look at the cucumbers as well, but they were still closed that early in the morning. I can't tell if the late afternoon hand pollination is doing them any good. It makes me sad to think that they may not produce since they look so healthy and beautiful. I planted them just when the humidity was going to drop within the next three weeks so they don't seem to be affected at all by powdery mildew. Fantastic! Now if they'll only grow. Time will tell.

Whatever is snacking on the yard is still going at it which now makes me a glutton for punishment. I found Swiss chard transplants in the local store. They're something I've never seen carried in this region so I bought three plants....KNOWING they'd most likely never make it to the human portion of the eating stage. I put one in the corner yard and one in the side yard, hoping that at least one of them would survive. I'm now hoping it's this one since the one in the side yard was eaten this afternoon by something.
Then, there's my ace in the hole:
It's on the railing of the deck.
I may not get much from that shallow pot, but hopefully it will be something! :)
I also planted two more squares of radishes where the cabbage was ripped out as a sacrificial crop.
The morning comes early. Sweet gardening dreams.


  1. I swear, all these critters eating gardens! Makes me wonder if I shouldn't just build a great big screened in "hoop house" or, worse yet, cave in and buy row cover...
    Haven't wanted to do that, because who wants to look at a garden that looks like it's wrapped in a shroud or something...I want to see green! But I may rethink that if my fall garden gets chomped before I get any of it...

  2. I'm so glad you put the egg sac back-you won't be sorry. They are ugly though. Ah well, maybe they'll get big enough to eat whatever is eating everything else. Have a great weekend,

  3. I would absolutely drench the things that bees don't visit, because the bugs will destroy everything.

  4. Whew! You saved the eggs. When I read you chucked em I was like, "Oh noze, *whut?!* whad she do that fer?" ;^)

    Haha... sorry just couldn't help but nudge the english teacher in you a bit. ::wicked smile::

  5. Grasshoppers have been terrible here...

    I grew swiss chard for the first time this year too! I really like it! It's a keeper for me!! Will plant again next year...

  6. I know, Toni! You're the one that inspired me to grow some!