Gardening with beneficial insects
I garden rather simply. It is mostly due to necessity because I don’t have the time to put into gardening to do anything else at this point in my life. I rarely, if ever, weed the garden area. I plant and water and let nature do its work. In the fall I pile on a bunch of leaves onto the garden to stay over winter. In the spring I turn over the soil so the leaves are worked into the soil. I do intentionally garden organically, but in the past few years I have come to the conclusion that it is better to start with plants from the nursery than to plant from seeds. By the time I was starting to harvest vegetables, it was getting too cold for them to produce more. I don’t have the space to start my own seedlings so I’ve started buying plants. That gives us more produce during the summer. I don’t use any fertilizer other than nature and I don’t use any bug sprays. That does limit some of the things I’ve been able to grow though. I haven’t yet been successful with watermelon or corn. But cucumbers and tomatoes always do well here. I planted 16 different kinds of tomatoes this year with many of them heirloom varieties.
Lots of tomatoes to pick now.
Earlier in the summer we had a watched preying mantis egg case hatch. We had released all of them into our yard, but after a few weeks we didn’t find them anywhere. The other day I was checking on the cucumbers when I discovered one. It is toward the center of the picture. Can you find it?