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If you’ve been following along on ThingsThatWeDo.com for the past little while, you’ll know that every year our family tries to grow something that we can eat. In the past, tomato plants seemed successful.
This year, we were a little bit more adventurous and planted a bunch of tomato plants along with a few cucumber plants. Any guesses on how they’re doing?
For starters, let me remind you all that I do not have a green thumb. Based on past experience, I’ve now figured out how to get rid of those pesky flea beetles that seem to love tomato plants so much (hint: a little bit of hard work, a lot of eye work, and some basic kids school glue in a cup with a cotton swab will do WONDERS).
As of right now, we have our first little tomatoes ready for eating! Hurray!! Sure, it’s only a few but that’s more than what we had yesterday. The tomato plants are now huge and we’ve got a bunch of little green tomatoes just waiting to ripen.
Um…as for the cucumber plants, yeeeeeeeeeeeah…they’re not doing so well. Not sure why but some other bug must obviously love them because the leaves are all chewed up, there are splotches, and well, quite frankly, I don’t think they’re going to make it. I haven’t seen any pesky critters so I don’t know what’s attacking those cucumber plants. But, if I find out, those guys are outta there!
Now, I’m curious so I do a little digging on the ever friendly internet and found this website that I found useful re: those cucumber vermin. Fair warning, if you don’t like the look of bugs, don’t click on the link below. It’ll take you to the Clemson University website. It certainly gave me some insight into what might be attacking my cucumber plants. Apparently, there is such a thing as a cucumber beetle and I know I did get rid of something that looked like it the other day (using my friendly neighborhood school glue method. Not their suggested methods but I think my school glue will work just fine) but I haven’t seen anything since. Looks like I’m going to have to take a closer look!
For now, we’re going to enjoy the fruits of our labour!
Visit the Clemson University website for more details on these pesky critters: Cucumber, Squash, Melon & Other Cucurbit Insect Pests
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