Week 9 Garden Update - It is with great sadness that I have to report...i'm losing my squash. All of the sudden we have something destroying pretty much everything.
Whatever it is, it's boring into the fruits (the squash, the tomatoes, the zucchini, even the acorn squash that had been doing so well) and we also have ants. Lots of ants. The squash, all varieties, also seems to have a powdery mildew problem. *sigh* The sunflowers never even sprouted (not at all sure what's up with that) - might throw more of those out there and start pulling out some of the stuff that's having issues.
The only things we've been able to harvest are strawberries and cucumbers. The collard greens still aren't doing very well. Frankly, the cucumber doesn't look that great either. I think part of the decline is due to the fact that summer is pretty much here in Central Florida. It's HOT.
Here are this weeks photos...
I moved the garden door for the cukes to climb - we'll see if anything helps. This door is the old screen door from the cabin. It needed to be re-screened because the coon keeps going in an out of it, $19 for a new door that comes screened VS. buying and cutting screen, taking the door down and re-screening. Yep new door. Mr. Paisley would have just thrown the old one out...he should know better by now. Removed the screen, re-screened it with chicken wire (wait, what do they call it at Home Depot? Poultry Netting - was "chicken wire" offensive to the chickens? Poultry Wire must be more politically correct) Now it's re-purposed as gaden trellis with some character.
The other petunia...
The Poinsettia is filling in nicely...probably time to trim it back since I can tell what isn't going to grow now.
The Split Leaf is very happy this time of year...
The African Irises are blooming, but not a whole lot.
More of the aloe in bloom (why yes, my neighbor's house IS country blue...keep in mind we live in 1940's cottages...)
Palm tree still flowering...no nuts yet...hopefully it'll wait until after next weekend to start making a mess.
This little guy was into modeling today...
And I caught these guys hanging out in the Purple Queen. We have a TON of dragonflies this year - it's crazy! I love them.
Ok...send your kids away. Turn back now if you can't stand "blood and guts"...here's where it gets ugly.
Death and destruction...
Something was actually EATING this acorn squash last night...probably a citrus rat, maybe a coon. We have an opossum living under the deck...but I don't think they eat fruit - I could be wrong.
See? I told you it was going to be bad...guts everywhere!
Shriveled up squash...(yeah, there are a couple that are still good at the moment)
Mystery (to me) bug eating the zucchini...we got ONE zucchini...I doubt any of these will make it to the table.
Sad collard greens...full of holes. I think it's bugs that come because of the other stuff...this is the first year any of the "other stuff" had grown and we've never had a problem with something eating the greens...I think they'll have a separate bed next year. They're hanging in there...I dunno if it'll be enough to feed the iguana girls without having to supplement from the store.
On to happy news - here's a few teaser shots of a project in progress as I sit here typing!