As usual, there’s so much work to be done in the garden that I can barely keep up! One of the tasks I’ve been delaying (simply because it’s one of my least favorites) is deadheading.
I have spent a good amount of time this spring searching my yard for insects. I have a new book in the works with Timber Press about beneficial insects and am shooting many of the pictures myself.
I’m having a mental war with a rabbit. So far the little devil has eaten two different plantings of broccoli and cabbage to the nub, feasted on innumerous strawberries, sacked my lettuce crop, and chomped the carrot greens to the ground.
As always, mid-May is tomato-planting time in my garden. Every year, I grow my favorites plus a few “experimental” varieties, and this year is proving to be no different.
One thing I know I am NOT going to do this year is let the cabbageworms get the best of me. Imported cabbageworms are common all across the U.S. They were introduced from Europe in the 1800s, and the caterpillars love to chew ragged holes in the leaves and flower buds of all members of the brassica family.
I love how a good, sharp edge looks on a flower bed. Over the years, I have experimented with many different techniques and tools for getting a clean garden edge but have found one to be faster and easier than any other.