It seems like there is an old movie playing in my garden…”The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. It’s a very popular movie that I think most gardeners have all watched.
Now playing, scene one…the good. Actually, the garden has been lovely this year. Most all the perennials have expanded and seem to be extremely healthy. In the month that has passed since I last posted photos everything has really grown.
Above is the house garden earlier and below is the same garden now in bloom.
The tomatoes are just as amazing in their growth in such a short time. The photo above is a month ago and below is the garden as it looks today. It looks like a tomato hedge and has lots of tomatoes…although none turning red as yet.
In the photo above the six foot square raised bed had plenty of space and below it is really very crowded .
The Oriental lilies and Endless Summer hydrangea add such color.
Now playing, scene two…the bad. Now you are going to look at these photos and wonder what I am possibly talking about. Yes, the chipmunk is adorable. My husband now spends time on the porch throwing him sunflower seeds. What could possibly be bad.
His claim to badness? We have not and probably will not get a single heirloom cherry tomato. As soon as they start to turn the slightest hint of red, they are gone. Guess who climbs into the large wooden pot and up the stem.
Now playing, scene three…the ugly. Tomato hornworms, Japanese Beetles and ground hogs (woodchucks). The tomato hornworm is by far the ugliest thing in my garden. They can quickly do so much damage. We check all the tomato and pepper plants daily.
The beetles have turned basil leaves and other greenery into lace. We have a lovely yellow and green trap bag for them but it only gets a small percentage of the beetles.
The ground hog in one evening ate every leaf of romaine. He is hiding in the woods just waiting for the large tomatoes to turn red. They absolutely love tomatoes. There is a Have A Heart trap laying in wait, stocked with romaine lettuce and apples from the market. Hopefully the villains of the movie will be behind bars soon. If so, a poster will appear here of his next starring role…moving on down the line.