... Monarch Butterflies
One of our more basic goals was a Milkweed patch.
Monarch Butterflies depend on Milkweed as their sole source of food during their caterpillar stage.
Just found 3 on our little patch.
Remarkable is the Monarch annual life cycles!
Encouraging and supporting the Monarch Butterfly species is becoming a nation wide project.
Plant Milkweed in late Fall and early Spring.
... and flowers to support their Butterfly stage!
After last months glorious growth, Tomato plants are winding down, suffering from black spot fungus on lower leaves, spreading up.
Which does expose the glorious red Tomatoes ... but precludes continued new Tomato production.
Pruning infected branches and trying baking soda in water, Tablespoon per gallon, sprayed on leaves as a means of control.
Changing leaf PH makes them less hospitable for supporting Fungus growth.
Did not have opportunity to try Compost Tea production-application ...
Will increase diameter and strength of "twine" tying Tomato plants to overhead bars, next year.
Had several lines break, collapsing and breaking some Tomato plants, but have record quantity and quality of Tomatoes, including a perfect round 22oz Beefsteak!
(Had some glorious BLTs with Beefsteak slices that, individually, covered large toasted Italian Bread slices)
... are taking over!
This hot Summer has produced large plants that are chock-full-O-fruit.
Sweet Peppers are finally getting some color.
Several Red Bells harvested with Orange and Yellows not far behind.
Small colored Sweet coloring up nicely, with many Reds harvested.
Getting steady crops of Sweet Banana, Hungarian Hot Wax, Cayenne, Hot Cherry, Jalapeno and Chili Peppers!
Still waiting on Habarneros and Scorpions.
Weather is starting to change and becoming ideal for Fall crops of String beans, Radishes, Lettuce, green onions, and crop of beautiful small potatoes - got free bags of leftover seed potatoes.
Cleared Squash, Watermelon (got a few ripe before vines killed) and Garlic beds for replant.