So I've been pretty proud of myself this year, I planted a ton of veggies in containers and they are growing at rapid speeds! My son went out yesterday and counted all the tomatoes growing on our plant, he is just as excited as I am. Of course, the chances of him eating it are slim to none but at least he is learning something.
Just in case you are wondering what I have planted, here's the list:
Why did I plant these? Well, basically because everything I read told me that those veggies would do well in the containers I had.
The lettuce has been the most rapidly growing thing I planted and quite honestly, I'm not so sure what to do with it. The leaves are HUGE which makes it kinda weird to eat so I cut them up a bit smaller. It still didn't taste like the lettuce out of the bag at the store...yes, I just said that. I guess I'm used to fake lettuce or something.
I had to watch a YouTube video to figure out how to harvest the arugula and then to figure out what to do with it. Oh, and I found out yesterday (from a Wild Kratts show) how zucchini grows which was good to know.
I don't quite understand the onions though, they all look dead. So, I did start doing this regrow your own onion method and that is working GREAT! The only problem there is that my house smells like onions.
Ok...back to the lettuce. The whole point of this article was to say that someone is eating my lettuce. He's rather small and green. I posted about it on Facebook and one of our fab readers, April, gave some awesome tips so I thought I would share them with you just in case some of his relatives are eating away at your lettuce too:
Out in the garden, stuff eating the lettuce is probably some type of caterpillar/worm. Grogg's Green Barn in Tulsa and Worley's in Owasso sell a product called BT Thuracide...around $9-$11 for a bottle of concentrate. It's organic and not a pesticide.
It contains a bacteria that is harmful to the caterpillars' but nothing else :)
The caterpillars' come from a moth that lays eggs nearby (probably cabbage moth). The BT should also work great on tomato plants, we had a bad tomato hornworm problem last year.
There are several ways to deal w/them :) The old tried and true method is to visit your garden each day, lift up all the leaves on your plants, pick off the offenders, squish w/heel on flat surface ;) Of course, I'm a bit squeamish if they're big ones and like the BT spray.
Also, they can be used as great experiments and/or education w/the kids. Send the kiddos out to see how many they can find (count them up). Put some of the offenders in a glass jar w/tight fitting lid w/holes for air, put in some lettuce or other food sources and watch. Hold them up high on a stick and see if they'll jump off...seriously...great fun for the kiddos and possibly the parents ;)
Thanks so much, April, for the tips! And, thanks to everyone else for reading my garden drama. Let me know how your garden is doing this year and if you have any tips, I'll take 'em!
Here's a pic of one of my tomatoes...ain't it purdy?