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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pests, Weeds, and Wildflowers

I've written before about how difficult it is to garden here...
I keep trying, though.
My echinacea patch is disappearing down these holes in the sand...

Nice big melons on dying vines, watermelons don't grow very good with no roots...

And these guys aren't much fun to have in the garden either...

Corn ear worms are eating my sandwich tomatoes... 

I guess I should stick to growing cherry tomatoes...
Everglades tomatoes... Supposed to be "invasive"... Let's hope...
 I'll just teach the bugs to eat weeds, and leave the crops alone... 
 Cucumber bug eating pigweed

the caterpillar from my last post...
manduca sexta caterpillar eating american nightshade (Solanum americanum)

goatweed leafwing caterpillar

Croton capitatum 
host plant for the above caterpillar (Anaea andria Scudder)
Sand wasp visiting croton flower


Partridge pea

Centrosema

snake cotton

If you can't grow veggies... Makes sense to learn to like the weeds.

 

3 Comments:

Blogger eli said...

Love the Centrosema . . . does it self-seed easily?

August 20, 2014 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

Hey eli... What happened to your garden blog? Do you have gremlins?

The centrosema is one of the pre-existing wildflowers in my patch of sand, and while I'm busily trying to grow it in pots, I am noticing seedlings coming up next to the mature plants with no help from me...

So... I would say yes... plus... like the clitoria... it's perennial, but it blooms better.

I will put aside some seeds for you... When they're ripe.

August 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger eli said...

It's back (my blog that is). . . and thank you very much for saving me some seeds. That Centrosema is a beauty.

August 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM  

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