I’ve had peach trees in my front yard for at least five years now, and I’ve never noticed peaches growing on any of them. While wondering around this weekend, I noticed one of the peach trees that George ran over last winter had two small peaches on it. These trees always looked as if they were barely hanging on to life in past years, and I’ve sprayed them with Deconil fungicide the last two years. The fungicide seemed to cure a problem whereby the leaves would be deformed, and the plants looked very unhealthy. This year, the leaves look natural, and the plant is just peachy.
While I was snapping the peach photo above, I could feel something crawling around on my shirtless back. I then discovered lots of little ants running around. After brushing them off, I noticed where they came from, and was surprised by this new to me ant colony method. It seems these ants have decided to turn a 3 foot tall weed into a colony, with what appear to be tiny eggs tucked up on the underside of the leaves. I’ve never known ants to build their colonies in this way, so I thought I would share.
I was picking a shopping bags full of produce when I discovered this zucchini with white blisters on the fruit portion. I’ve looked around on the internet quite a bit and have not discovered what this affliction is. Needless to say, I will not be eating this zucchini, but I’ve very curious to know what might have caused this ?
I finally snapped a picture of a cucumber forming on Friday. These small veggies were hard fought for, and late in the season. To get this photo I had to battle two foes. First the ever present and hungry cucumber beetles. Second, furry ground hogs which are the size of a small beagle, with an appetite that would put a hound to shame.
Now that I have the chance to see a cucumber I’m left wondering about those tiny spikes on the edges. I’ve tried to do a search online to find their meaning, with no luck.
Spikes or not, I was quite happy to find this larger cucumber latter in the weekend. It’s big enough for salad, and it was quite good, perhaps even more so because it was hard fought for.
Last year I learned all about Cucumber Beetles, and the vast damage they can do. I generally like bugs in my garden, but not bugs that contribute negatively to the garden. These Free Loaders (I hate freeloaders), will destroy a cucumber plant in no time. The only threat I worry about more then these beetles is the Late Blight, which is like trowing gas on your plants and lighting a match.
If you see these destructive bugs, go buy some SEVIN-10 powder, which always works for me. Read the directions carefully, and keep the powder out of your eyes.
While I was in the greenhouse, I noticed a very odd bee. It was dead, and when I got a close look, I was pretty amazed at what I saw; This bee kinda looked like a whale with wings, so I’m going to name it a whale bee. That is if there is no other name for it.
If you know what this bug’s real name is, please drop a comment about it.
Edit: 6/15/2010. One of my readers has sent me an email with the identity of this “Whale Bee”…. It’s acutally a “Bumble Bee Moth”. It’s funny how my mind will race off in wild fantasy some times, I thought it was a rapidly evolving bee that was attempting to out evolve Global Climate Change. Silly me.
I’ve also found out the Orange bellied birds that hop around in the tomato patch are Baltimore Orioles. Thanks Readers, your comments keep my posting = )