New Allies and New Enemies

I have noticed an increase in insect activity in the garden over the past couple of days. Bugs that I haven't previously encountered are roaming my crops. I panic, and then my reasoning kicks in. Off to google I go. The Mexican Beetle Enemy This one surprised me. I thought it might be something similar … Continue reading New Allies and New Enemies


The Invasion Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Okay, so maybe I exaggerated a bit. It was one beetle on one eggplant but that little guy was hungry. And one of the weirdest pests I have ever seen. It took me a little while to figure out what it was. I had never seen anything like it before. I thought it was some … Continue reading The Invasion Clavate Tortoise Beetle

What the heck is Edema?

In a disappointed state, I examined the tiny bumps on one of my banana pepper leaves. There were dozens of them. I tried to wipe them off but they wouldn't budge. At least I knew they weren't eggs from a little pest. I told myself that I would probably have to toss the plant. What … Continue reading What the heck is Edema?

Weeds as Indicator Plants

Weed: A wild plant growing where it is not wanted in competition with cultivated plants. Battling weeds (or harvesting them from our gardens) is something we all go through as gardeners.  I remember last summer spending hours and hours weeding my garden just to get to do it all over again in a couple of … Continue reading Weeds as Indicator Plants

First Gardening Challenge of the Year

I had an unexpected issue at my house yesterday. We've been getting some pretty strong winds last the couple of days and yesterday's gusts up to 60mph were just too much for the power grid (another reason why I'm looking forward to moving off the grid in the next year or so). My house lost … Continue reading First Gardening Challenge of the Year

Garden Growth

I've been terrible at keeping this updated with plant growth. Between traveling, working, art shows and tending to the garden, I've been having quite a busy summer. My garden, for the most part, is doing well. I've had a few hitches along the way but aside from the cucumbers, everything is working out wonderfully. The … Continue reading Garden Growth