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Pest ID?

Before I forget, the new website is partially up if you want to go take a peek:  SlowMoFood  I’m going to be adding some more content this week.  A humongous thanks to David for setting it all up — and an even bigger thanks to Miranda for sharing him!

This morning, a neighbor stopped by for a pest ID.  I’m horrible with that stuff myself so figured I’d ask around.  These little bugs were on a squash leaf that had a shotgun pattern working in a curve across the leaf.  Any ideas?

Garden update:  Charlie has started picking the first of his cherry tomatoes!  We’re all very jealous but he has been nice enough to share them.  Some of our larger tomatoes have started blushing but our cherries in the main garden didn’t go in until much later so they’re behind the curve.  We have been picking blackberries and raspberries lately and, man, are they good!!!  And no thorns!  Both plantings of bush beans are up and doing well.  I think I’ll get another planting of them in this week or next.  I’m finally getting around to pulling the sugar snap peas this week and will be planting some pole beans in their place at last.  I got a few rows of muskmelons and watermelons planted last week, along with some basil the week before.Both plantings of cucumbers are up and doing well but nowhere near fruiting yet.  Luckily for me, my booth at the market is right next to some wonderful veggie farmers and they loaded me up with cukes this past weekend!  I pickled a couple dozen quarts yesterday.  We’ll probably crack one jar open tonight for a taste test because we’re all pickle freaks.

Another vendor gave me a big bag of apricots a couple of weeks ago and all I had time for then was to get them in the freezer.  I was going to turn them into jam and can them last night after I finished the pickles but the dang power went out.  A transformer blew right outside our house and we were a couple hours without electricity.  Maybe I’ll get time to do them up today?

6 Responses to “Pest ID?”

  1. Mo June 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Lucky you, even though I get tired just reading of your activities.

    The grasshoppers have eaten all my tomato blossoms, my lavender seedlings, my fennel seedlings, my salad seedlings, most of my basil, even the daylilly blossoms and buds and the iris leaves. Where is a swarm of seagulls when you need one?

    Miss you all.

    • Diane June 26, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      Grasshoppers! Now there’s something I sure don’t miss about Oklahoma!

      We miss you, too!

      • Mo June 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

        This is the worst they’ve been since sometime back in the early/mid ’70s, when they were actually eating the plastic screens out of windows.

        Don’t love them at all.

  2. Jessica June 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Oooh, 5 pictures were enough to gross me out. Doesn’t it look like aphids? I had those one my kale last year, yuck!!!

    • Diane June 26, 2012 at 9:58 am #

      Thanks, Jessica! I wouldn’t know an aphid from an elephant. I’ve not spent much time trying to ID pests ever, preferring to just let nature work it all out 99% of the time.

      (By the way, I deleted your duplicate comment. :-) )

  3. Ilene June 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Yeah, aphids were what I thought, too. But…. aren’t they black? Could it be spider mites? Squash bug nymphs are white. I’ve got squash bugs and June beetles. I think they are what June bugs morph into. They look like June bugs, just a little bigger and more wicked. And they have iridescent green backs, which would be pretty except for the fact that the little buggers are eating the tomatoes.

    Oh, and hey, it gives me no pleasure to say “Welcome to my world”, but your temperatures do look like ours. We have a tiny bit of a cool breeze blowing today so it doesn’t feel as bad as yesterday did. Yesterday I felt like I couldn’t breathe outside.

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