Thursday, January 18, 2018

Corn earworms, and hot hot hot

I am not looking forward to the rest of the summer if it is going to be like this week, in the 30s and 40s. Everything on the farm is frizzling. I am wondering if I will have anything to show on my open day in a bit over a month.

This looks like a bad year for earworms, every single ear of corn is damaged, and I am not looking forward to seeing how much damage they are going to do to my tomatoes and capsicums when they come ripe.
I have been spending some time picking them out of immature ears but it is not doing much good.

All over Facebook people are complaining about earworm damage to tomatoes.

In the next couple of days all my beans (except for the heat tolerant snake beans) will by burnt and dead. Luckily they are all just about ready to pick. I have picked some already but many of those were burnt and the seeds useless. If the seeds are mature they will not be damaged though.

My 'Priscilla' Gladdies are finished now. I love gladiolus and I think I will grow a lot more next year. I will have to fork up for some bulbs as the Priscillas are the only type I have at the moment after pulling out some others that had a virus.

I am not going to go into fresh flowers as I am too far away from markets, but some bulbs to sell might make a nice change.
As some of you know I have been thinking of putting a few beds of flowers for drying but I can't find any info about whether dried flower bunches actually sell - oh well, can't hurt to try some next year.

Just for something to do I have written a short, basic course on 'making money with your garden and back yard'. If you are interested it can be found here: 

The cost is $5 (most of which is taken in Paypal and website fees, so I am only making a dollar or so). Let me know if you would like to see some in depth courses on market gardening or other commercial growing. it might be a useful project for the winter when I don't have much else to do.

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