Leaf footed nymph in my garden!

Assassin bugs in my Garden!I was spending some time lamenting on how sad my garden looks when I saw these orange bugs on my corn stalks. I did a Google search and found that they were Leaf footed nymphs. Now they’ve progressed to my tomato plants.

Ugh!

They are sorta like stink bugs and really stick when you squish them. But, if I put on some work gloves and squish away, it’s not too bad.

Starting seeds

Seed starting pelletsToday we started our first batch of seeds. We placed these pellets in a tray then added water and waited for them to absorb the water. We got these at Lowe’s, but you can get them at any garden center. Then we placed the seeds in.
Now we wait for them to sprout!

We’re starting our 2012 spring garden

Getting garden  readyToday we dug in the dirt, pulled weeds, and turned the soil to get our garden ready. I absolutely LOVE digging in the Earth with my family. This will be our 2nd year with a garden and the kids are very much a part of the whole process.
Thomas the TillerThomas the TIller and kids helping.
It's readyBring on the seedlings.

Butterfly

We never lose our fascination with butterflies. Especially when they stay on our hands.

Who needs to buy a soaker hose?

soaker hose
Our garden got a present today…its very own homemade soaker hose. We had several old hoses that had tears and weak spots and we turned them into a soaker hose. All it took was a hammer, a nail and some hammering. We poked holes about every 5-6 inches, then weaved it up and down the rows.

During the first use, it’s important to check the plants and soil after a few minutes to make sure that they’re getting  water. Also, keep an eye out for major leaks.  You don’t want the water to puddle. You might have to add a few more holes or re-adjust the direction of the spray.

Our Garden is so happy!