I thank my lucky stars, such as they are, that we’ve not been hit by late blight this year, and my heart and stomach go out to all of you disappointed East Coast gardeners. It has been wacky weather all around, hasn’t it? Our spring and summer have been cool and very, very dry. While this means I simply water more than usual, and things are slower, it also means we have a lot less to worry about as far as insect pests in the garden. So…there’s an upside after all!
Normally by mid- to late July we’re battling air squadrons of Japanese beetles, but it’s an off year for them. I’ve picked a few off the grapes and our one wisteria tree looks like Spring Break, it’s so covered with the things, but honestly there’ve been too few of them to really call them “pests.” (The wisteria disagrees.) Bean beetles and potato bugs are likewise no-shows.
This is not the case for all insects, however. It’s been a banner year for tomato hornworms.
Small bowl of yum!
Luckily, I have a skilled hunter to help find them, and hungry chickens to help eat them.