Garden Diary Update – Pesky Pests!

June 26, 2010Katie

Here’s a quick garden update.

I haven’t posted much on my garden this summer due to the fact that I lost all my heirloom seedlings that I’d nurtured from seed in the house.  I had just put them outside when the monstrous hailstorm hit and wiped them all out.  I had to go buy some heirloom plants from my local nursery and sadly, no Black Krims.

So I mourned awhile and then got on with life.

The vegetable garden is coming along nicely.  I got smart this year and bought a soaker hose because the sprinkler system doesn’t hit the bed very well.  Last year I stood with the hose every day.  This year, I just turn on the soaker and go inside and set a timer.  It’s made life so much more enjoyable.

The poblano and jalepeno peppers don’t need as much water as the tomatoes, so I just remove the soaker hose from that area and replace it to water them.  I can’t wait for fresh peppers!

The cucumbers are climbing nicely up their cage and flowering.

The okra aren’t growing very quickly.  Not sure why…but they’re coming along.

And my herbs are just flourishing.

I had to move my Thai basil (bottom right of the collage).  It wasn’t growing.  When I moved it to a sunnier spot, it took off!  The same with my mint.

I had a little concern with the herbs.  I noticed a few leaves with holes in them.  So I was suspicious.

Then one day I came out to snap some pictures and I saw this.  Look behind the chives plant at my dill, which up until this point had been coming along splendidly.

Look closer.

And even closer still.

Is that crazy or what?

When Mr. Wonderful arrived home that night, I took him out and showed him.

Those little suckers had eaten my dill to sticks.  He plucked them off the barren stems with some needle nose pliers and fed them to our pet frog that resides around our patio.  He commented that he was feeding the frog dill pickles.

I hope they didn’t traumatize my dill too much and it grows back.

I had big plans for it!


  • Andrea

    January 28, 2011 at 9:39 am

    This happens to my parsley every year. Those are either black or spicebush swallowtail caterpillars. It's fun to bring some inside and watch them pupate and then emerge as beautiful butterflies. Just get a tall jar, put some sticks inside for them to climb on, and feed then parsley until they pupate. Then in a few weeks you have butterflies!
    1. dishinanddishes

      January 28, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Andrea -Well I was so MAD that they were destroying my herbs I never thought to do that...I'll have to try if they show next year!

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