The grasshoppers feasted on the beans. I planted three kinds: yellow bush beans, kidney beans, and green beans. They looked so good for awhile and each plant had 4-6 leaves, then they ceased to exist. I guess beans were my catch crop this year - planted to feed the grasshoppers so they'd leave the other plants alone, at least for awhile.
This is the cayenne pepper plant. There is a little light-green pepper right in the center, and several other flowers as well. The white on the leaves is flour to deter the grasshoppers. I am still looking for a better solution to the invasion, but this has worked to a point.
All of the peppers have flowers on them, there are several green peppers, and there's a sweet pepper ready to pick.
I planted sunflower seeds; some of them sprouted but they too have disappeared under the grasshoppers' onslaught. This is a huge plant that I transplanted into the garden when it was about three feet tall, now it towers way over my head. My guess is that it's nine or ten feet tall now. I love the cheery flowers. This isn't a variety that is grown for food, it's just a wild sunflower. My goats would sure love to eat the big plant if I'd let them though.
My germination rate was very poor this year. I'm hoping to carve out more space in the house to start seedlings next spring, both to get a jump on the season and to get around the poor germination rate. A greenhouse is on my wish list, but I know it won't happen soon - and maybe what I need instead is a screen house to keep grasshoppers out. I'm also planning to use floating row covers over the tender crops as grasshopper-prevention.
How does your garden grow?
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