Corn Borers, Boot Camp, Boy Bait

European Corn Borers, Ostrinia nubilalis. Bastards.

So the very last plants to survive my first Florida vegetable garden, the peppers, must be pulled this weekend. None of the plants were thriving. I expected them all to explode with growth after I pulled the tomatoes which were shading them out. Then I noticed holes in the plants’ joints, then some of the branches starting wilting. I finally pulled an entire plant and sent it out for identification. Turns out the European Corn Borer, a thoroughly mediocre-looking caterpillar of a very small plain beige moth, burrows into the stems of peppers and hollows it out down to the root. I think we’ve harvested less than a dozen edible peppers off of a dozen plants. Another gardening fail.

In the face off all of my massive garden fail, I signed up for boot camp. The Fall Garden Primer Course next Saturday hopefully will have a lot more information so my fall veggie garden will be slightly more successful. I’m already starting to browse garden catalogs and dream about what to plant next. Life is an experiment.

The blueberry season is ending and I am sad. No more blueberries at the farmer’s market so bought 4 pints of local rabbiteye blueberries at Wards, just in case. We’ve already eaten a pint and a half, but tonight I am making what sounds like the ultimate blueberry cake… Smitten Kitchen’s Blueberry Boy Bait. Enjoy the last blueberries of the season, everyone!

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