Thursday, June 14, 2012

Confessions and Progress

I have a confession to make.  After seeing my poor perilla, coleus, and sweet potato vine be demolished by demon bugs, I decided it was time to break out the big guns.

My poor photography skills and lighting don't demonstrate just how torn up these leaves are.  I had vowed that I would stay away from chemicals this summer, but the sight of those bug holes and my leaves in tatters was driving me insane.  I scoured the internet for organic insecticides and actually tried one (it consisted of water, dish soap, onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, and oil).  It failed miserably; in fact, I think the bugs actually liked it.  So in the end, I resorted to this:
I know, I've shamed myself.  However, let the record reflect, that I have not used any chemicals on my veggie garden.  Luckily the bugs have stayed away, and I've used epsom salt to hopefully keep the blight away rather than having to resort to fungicide.

Ok. Now on to the good news.  I finally mulched my flower beds.  Before mulching I had quite a bit of work and edging to do.  I learned how to edge from my Dad.  It's not rocket science, but the angle makes all the difference and keeps your mulch in the bed instead of in the grass.  I did my edging the old-fashioned way---shovel and sweat.

And after:
In this bed I'm growing stella de oro, yarrow, salvia, morning glory, and new guinea impatiens.  On the triangle trellis near in the forefront of this picture I'm growing black eyed susan vine.  Hopefully they will fill in throughout the summer.

The aching hamstrings and sore back were proof that I did in fact finish my mulch beds this weekend!  My veggies garden is also doing really well.  I'll post some picture of it later this week.

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