This is what our Broccoli plants look like today, alas.
Thankfully these plants produced several nice, tasty heads of broccoli before the damaging insects arrived. We've had them for many years now too. Typically, I'll hand pick the worms when they begin to appear, feeding them to our chickens. However, this year it seems like overnight they appeared and this damage set in. When the plants are this badly eaten and covered in caterpillar droppings even our rabbits tend to refuse to eat them.
There are two pests here: the Cabbage worm and the Cross-Stripped Cabbage worm. The later was formally restricted to the South, however, this insect is now a serious problem in southeastern New England of which I can attest to.
Planting this seasons Zucchini and Summer squash in a different location than years past is turning out to be a terrific idea! The plants, although slow to take off, are BIG, full and beautiful with oodles and oodles of squash on each.
I made this 1:30 minute video this afternoon. The video piece is not what I was after, rather the audio piece, so take a listen!
It appears that the neighbors are not home and the dog is locked on their back deck. The dog has been barking, at essentially nothing, for well over 2 hours now!!
It's a beautiful day today. The humidity has fallen and there's a nice breeze, so all the windows are open. I'm working from home today, however, the incessant barking is awful and non-stop, which has forced me to close a number of windows.
This is nothing new. This took place last year also. "Those" particular neighbors are simple inconsiderate and have virtually no regard for anything but themselves.
I noticed that we have our first Black Swallowtail caterpillar of the season! He's contently taken up residence in one of our Parsley plants. Seems a tad early to me. Also, the Parsley plants are still awfully small but he's growing like a weed and seems to be bigger each day I check on him.
Ironically, we still have several Black Swallowtail chrysalis that we wintered over inside and have yet to hatch.
Either way they're all welcome and hope more and more appear.
A cantaloupe sized yellow jacket nest was found under the neighbor's pool bench and boy-o-boy was there a flurry of activity in and around it!
Of course it couldn't be in a worse location. These dudes are a mean bunch on a good day when they're not being bothered. Stir them up, even by accident, and watch out! To boot the neighbor is allergic to bees SO this dude had to go.
Once night-fall set in and the bees went to bed, and we finished our beer, we put our plan in motion. After everyone was moved off to a safe distance, two of us went over; one with a black plastic bad and one with a light, and simply put the bag around the hive, while the other knocked it off into the bag. A nice tight knot and we had ourselves a stirred up bag-o-bees a buzzing away!
This picture was taken about 3-weeks ago - early June
This beautiful Poppy plant was my mothers back in Westwood!
It's a long story on how this plant ended up here in Franklin, perhaps for another time, but I'm SO happy it's here and it survived! It had close to a dozen big beautiful flowers. Not too bad for the first time flowering here in Franklin.