Blooms and Bugs

Garlic seeds

Garlic seeds

Cherry Vanilla Quinoa

Cherry Vanilla Quinoa

Catnip

Catnip

Ozark Giant pepper blooming

Ozark Giant pepper blooming

Milkweed flower buds

Milkweed flower buds

Milkweed blooms

Milkweed blooms

Cutworm

Cutworm

Cutworm

Cutworm

The cutworms that we’ve seen (on the kohlrabi and purple caulflower leaves) are bright green when they are small (just a 1/4″ long) then they get brownish/black with a few stripes as they get larger. We have been sprinkling corn meal and coffee grounds on the ground (which they eat and it kills them), put some pieces of tin foil around the bases of the plants (this prevents them from crawling up) and manually squishing the ones that are chewing up the leaves. These combined efforts have been making a big difference and I notice less and less each day.

Cutworm damage

Cutworm damage

Cutworm damage

Cutworm damage

Spy Garden June 30, 2013

Spy Garden June 30, 2013

Rainbow Indian Flint Corn starting to grow fronds

Rainbow Indian Flint Corn starting to grow fronds

hAHAHHhaha

hAHAHHhaha

12 thoughts on “Blooms and Bugs

  1. gardenengineer

    I like the idea of using coffee grounds (something I produce a lot of) to control cutworms. I understand coffee grounds are also a beneficial addition to a compost pile.

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  2. Sam

    I can smell the intoxicating smell of milkweed as I look at the picture! You must have a lot of catnip, or no cats in that garden if your catnip is flowering. We have a cat who eats any bit he can- he got into the nursery this year and ate the baby plant. We don’t have cutworms (fingers crossed), but we’re planning on using cornmeal for our ants. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      We do have a lot of catnip and we don’t have a cat. haha I bought catnip seeds years ago and it always self-sows. It is not the prettiest or most exciting plant but it always grows fast and big/tall (always the first green thing in the garden in the spring) and does attract pollinators. Your comment reminded me I need to cut a bunch down and go give it to my neighbor (who has cats ;)

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      1. Sam

        Your neighbor will love you for it! Perhaps at the end of the season, we can exchange seeds and dried catnip? You have fun varieties that we don’t and I find when I buy a package of seeds, I never need the whole thing.

      2. Spy Garden Post author

        Yeah that sounds fun: seed penpals :) I never use a whole packet of seeds either I actually just looked and still have the original seed packet of the catnip which is still half full, so I will totally send it to you! You can email me with a mailing address at ispygarden@gmail.com. The other thing about seeds, I have had success growing seeds that were 2 or 3 years old, so always save your unused “leftovers”! I have bought (mostly) all my seeds at http://www.rareseeds.com you should definitely check it out, they have SO MANY varieties. Also if you fill out their catalogue request form with your name/address, they send you a FREE! gorgeous color catalogue (they send it in winter). So definitely sign up for that, you’ll love it.

      3. Sam

        Haha. I love Baker Creek and oogle the catalogue all the time (it’s on my desk next to me). My friend has ordered a ton of stuff from them, and many of the seeds we planted this year were taken from her. There are so many varieties to try, and we only have space for one or two plants of each kind. This year is a big test for us, and we’re looking forward to trying fun cabbages, brussel sprouts and kales this winter.

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