Summer Frustrations

As I mentioned in a previous post, I love the anticipation of the early spring. I love planting the vegetables, seeing the apple trees bloom. I can never wait for the garden to start to produce.

And then inevitably, the heat of the summer arrives. The rain barrels run dry and the water bill goes up. And the pests arrive. I’m trying to figure out what is going on with the cucumbers.

Any ideas what is going here?

I treated it for fungus and insects and trimmed off the affected leaves. I hope that works. It would be such a shame to have to yank it out.

And then there’s the apple trees.

Japanese beetles have been busy!

We went away for a short vacation, and when we returned, all three apples trees were invested to the point where I gave in and used Sevin. I tried so hard to keep things natural in the yard, but it just got so bad so fast. I plan to limit the use in the future, and will pay attention to the time of year to better prepare for their arrival next year.

 

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