I meant to spray my tomatoes and peppers but somehow that just didn't happen. I went out in the morning to pick. The chamomile came first. I had tons, but the plants were looking a little ratty, so I decided to cut them back by about half.
Then I went over to the fava beans. They all looked ready, but I couldn't get to some of them. I decided pulling them up would make my life easier. But then look what I found on the backs of so many leaves.
Ladybug eggs. And there were a lot of larvae hidden in there. And a lot of ladybugs. My aphid forest had really brought them out. The ladybugs were easy since they would just fly away to another plant. The larvae I searched for and put in my tomatoes. The leaves that had eggs were scattered all around the garden. There were probably 20 bunches of eggs that I found. And probably more that I didn't. I felt so bad because I knew I had destroyed a lot that I didn't see. And I saw egg casings that had hatched, but not nearly enough larvae. I'm sure some of those got composted too. I even saw a solitary lacewing egg and an adult in the foliage.
Now I have a spot to plant up. I think more carrots are in order. I need a lot more carrots to make me happy this fall. Hmm maybe some more cilantro too. Though I might have enough space in the far end of this bed for that.
Before spraying the tomatoes and peppers, I had to open up my tomato plants and get all the diseased foliage off. I only succeeded in doing eight of the plants. I'll do the other nine in the front of that bed tomorrow.
I did however get the extensions put on the cages that needed it. Soon some of them will be too tall for me to reach. I really need a garden stool that I can use to sit on too. I've been taking my old small cooler out to sit on. It works, but I can't stand on it. It is too tippy.
By 9:30am it had hit 85F degrees so I was chased inside the house. I'm a real heat wimp and we are in the middle of a heat wave right now. Heat waves in Boston are designated as three days over 90F in a row. This will be our third today. And it will be our eighth day above 90F for the year. Which is more frequent than normal. I so hate hot summers.
So I didn't finish the tomatoes. And I didn't spray. I didn't finish weeding. But there is always tomorrow.