Garden Walks, Garden Talk

Hope you all are having a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend! If you are looking for things to do in the St. Louis area, check out the St. Louis Post Dispatch Summer Fun Guide…featuring…

Spy Sister! On the cover!

Spy Sister! On the cover!

Check out the bottom row of photos, third picture from the left…It’s Spy Sister (Aunt Spy!) at the Missouri Botanical Garden (photo taken by yours truly)! Pretty cool! Back in our own garden…

Pest control has begun

Pest control has begun

Pre-squished Colorado potato beetle

Pre-squished Colorado potato beetle.

We don’t use any pesticides and rely on lots of herbs and garlic to naturally repel pests. And lots of squishing and squashing! We have disposable vinyl gloves on hand (pun intended) for that job!

Pest-Free Garlic

Pest-Free Garlic

If I were a commercial farmer, I think I would chose to grow garlic: it is so hardy! Herbs would be a close second, along with certain greens…

Arugula (Or Ahr-wiggala as Baby calls it)

Arugula (Or Ahr-wiggala as Baby calls it)

We have lots of super spicy arugula volunteers throughout the garden. The other greens and lettuces growing don’t seem to be bothered by any pests…

Baby loves eating the red romaine straight from the garden!

Baby loves eating the red romaine straight from the garden! (Manicure by Aunt Spy)

I enjoyed a visit to my neighbor’s garden and we talked pest-control…

She is having a similar problem with those little black flea beetles chewing up her eggplants.

She is having a similar problem with those little black flea beetles chewing up her eggplants.

She has lots of marigolds planted among her crops to deter plants.

My neighbor's trellises

My neighbor’s trellises

Her trellises were inspired by the obelisk we made last year! Trellising vining plants (like cucumbers) can also help with pests.

Her asparagus foliage isn't covered with stinky beetle larvae like ours was.

Her asparagus foliage isn’t covered with stinky beetle larvae like ours was.

My neighbor's potatoes.

My neighbor’s potatoes.

When it is time to harvest, she will just dump out the trashcans and hopefully they will be full of potatoes. It is her first time trying this. Ours are planted in our raised beds, but I think I will try this method next year. Maybe Smoochie can build some potato boxes! My neighbor and I finished up our lengthy garden chat with a little trade. I gave her a big bunch of crunchy butter lettuce and she gave me an…

Elephant Ear Bulb

Elephant Ear Bulb

Pest control would probably be lowest on my list of favorite gardening chores. I love weeding and digging, but watering just isn’t my favorite either. However…

Baby...

Baby…

...definitely makes it more fun!

…definitely makes it more fun!

First Knockout Rose Bloom!

First Knockout Rose Bloom!

Dexie demonstrates...

Dexie demonstrates…

bliss in the garden!

bliss in the garden!

Agree, Dexie, garden walks (and talks) are the best!

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