Friday, July 18, 2008

Midwest gardening woes

This place is like a jungle (and has felt like one the past few days - temps in the 90's and humidity to match - ugh), and there is lots of fresh produce, but there are also downsides. You may have read my previous gardening woes in the low moisture, high altitude climate we live in. Here are a few of the battles my parents/brother face here:
This apple tree has been attacked by Japanese beetles in the past few weeks (it was green and healthy when we got here), as have the rhubarb plants, which are still being feasted on by the little pests.
Here are some potato bugs, helping themselves:
And some potatoes:
On the other hand, the green beans are going strong. Look at the size of these leaves!
Geoff reminded me that the silver lining to the snow we had on May 23rd, is that we don't have as many insects, though the grasshoppers usually manage to get their fare share of whatever we attempt to grow...
Apparently there are monkeys in Indiana...

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