|this is from my side yard, Lilac Tree|
What is the pretty purple bloom everywhere right now? Lilacs probably, yumm yumm yummy lilacs. If you are lucky enough to be able to reach over your neighbors fence to clip a few, make sure you leave them some zucchini on their porch later this summer to thank them.
Yikes, Skikes, what is making my leaves curl up? Well that would probably be the darned aphids invading already. Remember that mild winter we had, well a lot of the bugs made it through it with just a light blanket and they are ready to enjoy Spring, just like we are. GET THE HOSE OUT, and wash them off the leaves if you can. If it is a big tree, sorry, you are a little late, should have used a dormant oil spray earlier in the season. But if they are on the roses, just use the hose, wash them off - open the leaves up if you can, the aphids are hiding inside the curl - smart little buggers - and then watch for the ladybugs.......they are right behind, just a little late to the dinner table. (We had a gentlemen bring in some leaves with aphids all over them and there in the baggie -always bring your bugs in a baggie or glass jar please - was ladybug larva too!!) This picture is NOT from my yard! It is off the Internet as display only. I am VERY HAPPY to report that I have very few of the pesky bugs. With the organic worm castings sprinkled all over the plants and watered in it seems to repel them. Don't ask me why, because I can't explain it, just take my advice and try it.
|ladybug larva at the dinner table,|
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I can't get ANYTHING to grow, HELP! First off, let me remind everyone, we weren't always green thumbers either. We practiced, practiced, practiced...and we still have sad stories of things gone wrong in our garden. BUT, that said, we are here to help you. Just stop by, who knows, your question could be here next week. Have fun in the dirt, Susan