3000 new recruits in the ever-ongoing war against aphids! I lucked out the day I got them- very foggy and overcast which meant a mid-day release. Normally of course you have to wait til dusk, so that the little ladies are tricked into thinking that the garden was always their home. But when it's wet … Continue reading 2021’s Ladybug onslaught
So as I try to dig my garden out of the doldrums and into spring planting, I'm running into the usual problems of time and space and weather. But I'm also finding some surprising success stories. This bed was almost totally harvested and left fallow for potatoes- but one surprise plant clearly was surviving and … Continue reading Operation kale lift is a go!
So it's kinda a regular July mess out back- in a good way. Lots of stuff is ripening, I'm getting loads of squash and cucumbers- but also some really interesting bugs. I'm not sure if this is a beneficial or not but I don't care. It's probably pollinating. But wow it's pretty. It's clearly some … Continue reading July bugs
So it's July in San Francisco- one of the most consistently warm Julys in a while. This is good- It means the tomatoes are growing, ripening and should be nice and tasty. It also means the fungal issues that plague tomatoes in this city are only a little horrific- instead of nightmarish. It also means … Continue reading July’s Continuing tomato mis-adventures
So while their edible season is short and tasty, which for a winter crop in the Bay Area is all you could ask for- the Shugiku's continued existence as the world's prettiest flowering plant is not in jeopardy at all. I guess I'm a weirdo for only discovering now that chrysanthemums are super pretty- but … Continue reading Shungiku update