Not the slightest bit bothered by both of us out inside the back-40 garden fence, talking and picking peas and beans. The fence, of course, does nothing about the chipmunk that’s been getting in back there, nibbling on a few of the low-hanging peas. This one is more polite than the one out front who samples just a little bit from each strawberry before moving on. Like his strawberry-loving cousin, he’s digging holes all over that garden.
Not inside the fence is our pumpkin patch. We’ve had some bad luck with the Rouge Vif de Temps (Cinderella pumpkins) – the cucumber beetles enjoyed the vines so they’re kind of anemic.
We are having great luck with what we’ve been calling the mystery pumpkins – last year at the Finger Lakes in NY, already suffering from a terrible year for Jack o’Lantern pumpkins, we stopped at an Amish farm stand and bought pumpkins.
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Last night we pulled all of the remaining zucchini plants (2) and summer squash (1) due to a massive infestation of squash beetles.
The leaves were covered with egg sacks and there were nymphs on everything. Adult squash beetles are apparently difficult to kill and we just foresaw an infestation that would winter over and cause problems next year, so we sealed all the leaves in a plastic bucket with a lid and will be disposing of the leaves this weekend. It is really disappointing – in past years we’ve been overwhelmed with zucchini, summer squash and cucumber, allowing us to give it away to a lot of people. This year we harvested 2 summer squash, three zucchini, and three cucumbers. It’s a given fact in gardening that you will not have a perfect year for every type of plant, but it’s ironic that on a year when we decided to cut back on the number of squash plants we put in the ground, we get nailed by beetles.