I adore springtime cultivating. So much expectation. So much guarantee. I begin arranging and planting, barely giving any idea with reference to what could turn out badly. It resembles I get amnesia consistently and disregard every one of the debacles of the prior year.
The rundown of conceivable garden fiasco is unending, however only for my rational soundness, will return to the ones that spooky me the previous summer. This is what turned out badly and the hard lessons I SHOULD apply this time around.
- Aphids infestation: I love nasturtium, and so do aphids. Every year, usually once they’ve bloomed and we have our first really hot day, I find clumps of those tiny monsters sucking the life out of my plants. Since I like to put the blossoms in salads, I’m not going to blast them with toxic chemicals. So I’ve been mixing up a solution of peppermint Castile soap and water and rinsing them off with that. I have to go easy, though, because I almost killed a plant with too much of the stuff. But this year I’ll also take precautions and try to give them a little TLC on hot days (water and some shade), knowing that harsh conditions can make plants more vulnerable to pests. I may try burying banana peels around the plants, too.
- Goddamn squirrels: Pardon my French, however I truly abhor those little f$%*ers. A year ago I set up plastic tomato enclosures and they CHEWED RIGHT THROUGH. This year it’s chicken wire. Normal tomato confines wouldn’t cut it on the grounds that those squirrels can achieve directly through them. I may likewise take a stab at sprinkling a little fox pee.
- Tomato scourge: I see dark spots on my tomatoes and the stems and I know it’s over. I have the feared form, tomato scourge. There’s no cure. You need to uncover the entire plant, including the encompassing earth. Bitterness. I’ll attempt to evade it this year by ensuring my dirt doesn’t get excessively saturated.
- Seared plants: My garden is on my rooftop, which implies heaps of sun. A large portion of my plants love this – yet it can be unreasonable. Notwithstanding when I’ve watered deliberately, I’ve had plants simply wither from the sun. This year I’m getting some translucent coverings to put over my plants on particularly hot days.
- Get-away dry spell: Every August I leave for possibly 14 days considering, Should I enlist somebody to water my plants? Nahhh. The greater part of my grower have water-sparing wells. However, they’re not exactly enough, and I return to plantcalypse. Note to self: YES you DO need to motivate somebody to water for you while you’re on an excursion.