The bugs and critters have discovered my seedlings and they are laying waste to many of my precious little ones!
Raised Bed Garden, 1 Month Update: The Ugly
As I fully expected, insects and other animals have come to feast on my seedlings. Aphid adults have flown to my new Gladiolus leaves, which are pushing their way out of the soil right now. They bear live young, which I have been mashing as I find them. Cucumber beetles, different larvae and other insects have come to munch on the leaves of so many of the seedlings, and ants are working on sawing up pieces of my Maximillian Sunflowers to bring back to their nests!
I am trying various tactics to thwart the insects. Spraying a mixture of garlic and tabasco sauce is working wonders on my seedlings to keep bugs from munching. I'll be putting down circles of cinnimon to keep ants from farming my sunflowers. It's a love-hate relationship because insects make wonderful photographic subjects, but I don't want them to eat my plants! SHOO!
Below are pictures of some of the damaged seedlings.
Next: Part 9—Dreams of a Big Flower Garden: We Have A Pumpkin Patch!!