Remember how i was saying that we’re actually having a spring- well, now, we’re actually having a summer! i know you’ve heard of the record breaking heat, so i won’t whine (too much) about it. The good news is that some of the plants are thriving in this obscene amount of warmth. Both my eggplants and peppers have taken off in the last few weeks, and i’m very pleased with this japanese long eggplant variety. Unlike the black beauty eggplant, these skinnier ones become mature faster, and because they’re smaller, you’re not obliged to eat nothing but huge eggplants all week. Fast cookers, with thin skins, they turn creamy on the grill in only a few minutes!
As you can see in the first photo, i’m having some bug issues- we haven’t had a good steady rain in some time. This allows those tiny pests to build up. Between the flea beetles putting big holes in the leaves, and the spider mites sucking away the rest of the juices, i’ve got some stressed plants. I’ve been reading that the best way to control spider mites is to spray them with the hose- this not only knocks them off the leaves, but breaks up their webs, which allows predators (like this baby mantis) better access to eat them! Yum.