Posted by Sean
The other day I was out in my garden and a butterfly landed on my shoe. It was one of those little white butterflies that you see in the summer that always seem to be playing around the garden. I quickly put my finger out and it just stayed there on my finger for the longest time. Oh how I love butterflies.
Ever since I was a little boy I loved butterflies and was certain I could talk to them. I used to follow them around the yard endlessly and it was always magical to me when I could get one to sit on my finger. It still is magical.
I was seeing lots of these little these white butterflies right around the time I noticed all the holes in some of my plants. I thought that maybe the birds were nibbling on my garden, but as my garden became holier (not in the biblical sense) I figured it was time to do some research.
You see, I studied everything about starting a garden and absolutely noting about what do to once it started to grow. I went online to see what it was destroying my first vegetable garden. I was shocked and saddened by what I found. The culprit was my precious white butterfly.
These butterflies are known as Cabbage Butterflies. The females deposit a single egg on the underside of the leaves in mostly cabbage, broccoli, kale and the like. (For some reason, not my lettuce, though.) When the egg hatches you get a single green caterpillar that starts to feast on your garden. Well, mine really were going to town because I totally encouraged these butterflies. Sadly I had to do something about it.
I looked all over online because I really didn't want to use chemicals on my garden. Even more so since I discovered a bumble bee colony in my yard. I wanted those guys to be safe. So, what was I to do? Most Organic sites recommended picking the caterpillars off by hand. Umm, look at my garden! That was not possible. Besides, I can't see the darn things even with my glasses.
I finally found something called bacillus thuringiensis, which is a natural bacteria that is safe for humans, animals and bees. I read all over the web about this and everything I read said basically the same thing so I bought Safer Brand Caterpillar Killer and a pump sprayer.
They said that cloudy days are the best to spray this stuff and it couldn't be any foggier than today so I am heading out to the garden to spray my plants. They say it won't hurt the butterflies, just the caterpillars. It still makes me a little sad, but I've made sure to apologize to the butterflies.
Posted by Sean
My garden has been going to town. It really hasn't produced anything besides lettuce and radishes yet, but it's working on it. I haven't really trimmed anything. I've just been letting things take their course. I water twice a day and that's that.
As you can see my squash and zucchini plants have gotten really big. Until yesterday the only thing I've noticed about them is the blossoms.
I am a bit of a creature of habit and always water my gardens from the back, but yesterday I mixed things up and watered from the front. (I know, I'm a wild one.)
As I was watering I noticed something in the think of the zucchini plant. I decided to investigate.
Is that what I think it is?
Oh my goodness it is! A giant zucchini!
This thing is huge!
You know I have no idea how I could have just not noticed this. It couldn't have grown overnight! So, what was I to do? I picked it!
Once I had done that, I know exactly what I was going to do with it. Joey couldn't wait. It'd been a long time since we've had a zucchini this big. So I gave him what he wanted.
Yep, I made four loaves of zucchini bread with this thing. We both are satisfied. It's very exciting to pick things from the garden and make something, especially something this delicious. This is, for sure, the best zucchini bread recipe ever and I also got to use my homemade apple sauce.
I love this gardening business. When can I retire and do this full time?