I had to.
I wrenched up the Cuke plants.
Despite my 2 little lady bug friends, there were way too many bugs for them to eat :( And more than that, the Cukes themselves were drying up.
There were 3 plants and the roots were not as deep as I thought they would be.
I was sad to have to take them up, but even as I was taking them out, I noticed ~as I had on previous occasions~ some type of wasp flying around.
After taking out the Cukes (and the Mustard plant, also covered in those measly bugs!), I saw some wasp bug come flying around. She (?) seemed to be looking for her babies, but perhaps it was only a worker bug (don't know much about the bug world, as you can see).
Wasp flew around, seeming to search for said brood of bugs that were now safely tucked away in the compost bin ;) In its place were 3 Bell Pepper plants (and some Radish seeds tucked into the ground), none of which seemed to interest wasp. She flew also to where Mustard used to be, now gone, and then went to peruse the Strawberry plants.
Oh no, I thought, don't you start laying some eggs and making a new brood in there! Of course, I've never heard of such a thing on a Strawberry plant, but you never know.
Ah well, when I perused my neighbor's yard and saw the same seeds sown into the soil now strong and viable with 2 large Cuke plants, I was satisfied that the seeds weren't the issue, that the bugs in my little corner of the world had been a ripe opportunity for them to thrive, boo hoo for me! But that's OK, because I'm sure my neighbor will share her bounty, she's quite generous that way :)
I uprooted any plant that wasn't thriving or doing well and planted a mix of Coriander, Parsley, Radish and Dill seeds. I'm figuring there's still some time (about 2 1/2 months) for them to grow, Radishes are short in their growing season at 1 month, so might even be able get in a second harvest :)
The Mint cuttings that I left in water took to root in about a week--- that Mint plant, she's a keeper for sure! I put all the cuttings into the pot and they all seem to be doing their Mint thing ;)
I pruned the Nasturtiums, bad me, I've been popping off the starting-to-go leaves, but leaving the stems behind. The plants started looking quite spent because of those dried stringy bits, but after removing them, they were their old selves again, just smaller versions :)
One of the plants already started making seeds, so I've begun seed collecting already. I've collected a couple from Borage and many from Mallow as well. Not sure if it's been the hot and dry weather that is the cause, but even herbs like Oregano, Marjoram, Savory, Basil and Anise Hyssop have gone into flower. They all look very pretty with their flowers, so tiny and delicate, but they also add a bit of bitterness to the leaves. I pinched off the flowers and told them it was too early in the season, not even September or fall yet! There's time, I told them, so keep growing and making leaves :)
And speaking of leaves, oh that last pesto I made (and enjoyed today) was so delish with just a few ingredients. I used all of the leaves from the 3 Lamb's Quarter plants I foraged from last time, plus a good bunch of Basil, some Sunflower seeds and... Geranium leaves! Yes, the scented Pelargonium leaves (there are different scents) can be used to flavor dishes and are edible! I added about 1/2 cup of fresh leaves to my pesto, but you can also dry the leaves and use them for tea.
Didn't do any foraging past 2 days, scorchers, both of them :P I was quite busy on the first day and thought I'd go on the Thursday, had the idea to just go locally around the bike path which borders along a lake, but nope, felt tired and just wanted to relax. I linked up to Buckthorn Woods and that beautiful field with the Goldenrod flowers. I really wanted to come and pay them a visit, and while they weren't against it, they said... there's time still.
Of course they were right, because this week is looking to be another sunny and hot week. Yahoo! Just right then to get in some foraging and exploring too :)
Actually, it made me think the other day, now why haven't I yet visited those 2 fields (the ones close to the hospital and hardware store)? Answer: because the same plants grow everywhere, dummy!
Hm, so true, but sometimes you get to meet a new friend that isn't found everywhere.
Like in the old Appley Love Field where Mountain Ash berries could be found.
I have seen a few trees in my area on people's front lawns, but have yet to see another Mountain Ash growing wild.
Whizzing by on my bike to work today, I passed by that "disturbed area" where they will soon be making condos. As it was pouring rain (yep I got soaked --- when I left home it was but a light tinkering), I peered through a rain streaked face to spot some Lamb's Q and Mugwort plants. I wanted to stop and get those Lamb's Qs! Pesto, yes, yes, although there might be some Lamb's Q growing in those 2 yet-to-explore fields. Might be some Red Clover growing there, who knows unless you go visit!
Alrighty, m'dear sunshine, time to mosey on over to those fields when next I get a chance then! Keep sparklin' on, ya hear :)
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