The Squash Bugs Won

Pulled up three rows of squash and pumpkin plants Monday. The Squash Bugs won; I’ve never seen so many squash bugs! Makes me realize how much conventional farmers must spray their crops in order to keep their plants alive. No crops have been planted in this area before; no crops are planted anywhere near where we planted. How did the squash bugs find my plants? I may never plant winter squash or pumpkins again — either that or plant just two plants so I can go out every morning and every evening and pick live bugs and remove eggs.

The bean plants are holding on.  I’m going to put some more milk/molasses water on them this morning.  Some bugs have eaten some of the leaves, but the plants still seem healthy and are starting to either flower or put on beans.  We had some Dragon Tongue beans for supper Monday night and they were amazing! Very sweet and tender, probably the best beans I’ve ever eaten — really!

I hope to get another row leveled out and ready to plant in this morning. I’ve got another flat of seedlings (arugula and fennel) to get in the ground and then I’m done with the first batch. In the next couple of days, I’m going to add rabbit (or goat) manure and straw to two of the rows that were planted in pumpkins and move my comfrey out there.  It had just barely survived this summer.  It will have a better chance to get through the rest of the summer with some irrigation. I’d like to have two or three 25 foot rows of comfrey established by next spring/summer.

I will not have a lot of time this morning to do much, but tomorrow I’ll have more time and plan to start more seedlings, mainly greens and rabbit forage. I processed nine rabbits yesterday before going to work. At this time, we only have five tractors with rabbits in them.  Two more will be ready to process next week. That means lots of tractors to clean out and it is a perfect time because I need to get fall cover and food crops in the ground!

Until later …