I’m feeling a bit of a fraud, although that’s too strong a word, a bit guilty isn’t quite right either, deceptive is kind of what I mean. You see my garden isn’t perfect. I wrote my October -Wrap Up post and gots lots of lovely comments about how lush the garden looks. While that’s true in places;
it isn’t always really true if you look a bit closer. So today I thought I’d show you the other side, the side I carefully edit out of the photos, the failures, the half eaten and the just plain messy.
I thought I start with the eaten (with a few weeds thrown in for good measure). Whilst I know what has caused the damage on the cabbage (a large green caterpillar) this is the first time I have encountered these beetles (see below). After a little research I think they are either cucumber or potato beetles – probably the later as they are on a Cape Gooseberry which is Solanaceae. Annoying destructive little things, they have returned twice after I gave them the Pyrethrum treatment – does anyone have other ideas?
If plants aren’t getting eaten they’re doing things they shouldn’t be doing – like bolting rather than developing a heart – this is supposed to be iceberg lettuce:
Then there are all those signs of neglect – the mess, weeds and plants that clearly need a new home:
And finally there are the failures: Garlic planted in potting mix that was clearly past its best:
Worst of all (although I know there are some who will disagree) my dill, my lovely dill, the thing they call weed in the States, so I presumed would be indestructable, and that I was talking up a couple of weeks ago, has done this:
If anyone knows what kills dill I would love to know.