Wednesday, June 10, 2009
doing battle...
The garden is flourishing (literally) lately with all the sun and rain. My snap peas are nearly 4 ft. tall, and the basil crop is really taking off. Plus, this is the first year that I've had dill actually survive to flower!

I've got the beginnings of hot peppers, and a nice crop of lettuces. And if you look closely, you'll see nearly a dozen tomatoes ready to start ripening...

But earlier this week, to my dismay, I noticed a few buggies hanging out on my bell pepper plant...APHIDS!!!

I admit I had way too much fun picking them off with scotch tape. There weren't too many, only a few dozen, and I know they won't do too much damage to the peppers, but I worry about some of the other plants. So after a bit of research, I've made a bug brew of steeped rosemary, basil, and sage that I'll be spritzing the plants with occasionally.

Why exactly the infusion will help more than the presence of actual rosemary, sage and basil plants, I'm not exactly sure. Adding a dash of dishsoap is suggested...I'll try a bit of Dr. Bronner's peppermint, since it seems a bit safer for edibles (hey, if you can technically brush your teeth with it...).

Meanwhile, I've started the second batch of lettuces in an old mixing bowl on the kitchen table. Hopefully keeping it out of the direct heat of the day will help it not bolt as quickly. I planted these guys on Sunday, and they're already sprouting like mad!

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