Today for the second time I found a bug that was red and black..in my beans..I thought...a good guy..assassin bug..but it seemed more like the size of a striped squash needle only red and black. Anyone id it?
My tomato plants were doing well. About chest high, yet a little spindly. They had developed tomatoes. But then started drooping and then a couple are almost gone, but still hanging in there. I don't know why they are doing this, but it must be a disease in the soil. I suppose I should pull them to save the other plants? What should I do to treat the soil if it is Fusarium Wilt? Thanks.
There are some new entries in the volunteer wildflower division but there are also some unwanted expansions of offensive weeds, such as the ones with the little prickly leaves and sweet little flowers - the only attractive aspect to this pest. I used to control them just by weeding but so far they've expanded to an area more than about 500 square feet. That's a lot of the same obnoxious weed.
This year it's something biting my legs as I weed. Not mosquitoes though. These buggers (no pun intended) leave little tiny bumps like mosquito bites but they remain for much longer - like a few weeks. Thought they might be chiggers but they don't match a chigger bite. I've found the best thing to stop the itching is either mint lotion or an ice cube.
I've been concerned they might be tick bites; no health side effects yet but I'm still trying to be alert. I haven't seen any wildlife at all but that doesn't mean that they're not present when I'm not looking.
Given the different mix of summer conditions this year, I wouldn't be surprised to see a few new entries and/or a change in the mix of insects.
On the other hand, the fireflies are still dancing in the evening and sometimes up until midnight. Their little randomly flashing lights are so relaxing - to me the epitome of just sitting and watching the garden and lawn on a summer evening.
We had the grandkids over last night to catch white butterflys (cabbage moths) and to watch the fire flies come out. Cheap pest control. All they wanted was a butterfly a fire fly and fire roasted marshmallows. Young kids are great!
Spring rain..the gnats here are nasty and getting more nastier every year. They chew me up when I weedwack the tall grass. A bite on the forehead changes me into the hulk..a verticle block forehead that throbs for more than 24 hrs. This gnat situation is worse with all the rain.
Kids are wonderful! I would have my nieces and nephews over..towards dusk when they started collecting fireflies the frogs would sing..and they were LOUD! So loud in fact that my niece wanted to stop and come inside..I asked her what was wrong..she said, "there are LOUD wild things out there in the dark" so I told her that it was just the boy frogs looking for girl friend frogs..that was their singing..we laughed..she asked if I was sure..and she went back out to capture fireflies. There are fewer and fewer fireflies to catch too..we would have qt size jars full in a single evening..