... for the ladybugs, that is! It's been slim-pickin's in the ol' sunshine department where I live, and everyone's garden, not just mine, is weeks behind in growth. Still, my little plants have been holding on waiting for their photosynthesis moment. And then a day and a half ago ... could it be? Have all the planets aligned? Is that ... the sun? Hallelujah! That glowing orb parted the clouds and bestowed upon us both dazzling light and summer heat. The birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, and the whole neighborhood has sprung to life right along with mother nature's finest. Ah, life is good.
In addition to those bees and birds, we've got some ladybug action going on in the garden. I can see why the ladybugs have set up shop in our plants. This garden is delightful. Following the Square Foot Garden method was the best decision ever. I'm still a novice using this type of system, but I've got to tell you, it's amazing. In the weeks that we've had this organic garden, unlike my friends and neighbors, I've not had to weed once. Not once. Not only are the plants thriving sans weeds, but it is sooooo much easier to manage than what we've done in the past. These beds are high, so access is a snap, and all the plants are organized in squares, not rows, so harvesting will be super convenient. Even though the weather has only just begun to cooperate, our plants have actually done very well in the nutrient rich, fluffy soil they call home.
Check out these pics.
Here's my basil. Just one day in the sun has helped this baby grow. This was taken after I harvested some lovely leaves, and look how good the young plant continues to grow.
Aren't these eggplant leaves pretty? I love the purple and green colors. Looks like the ladybugs like them, too!
This baby zucchini plant grew about 4 inches in 2 days. I'm sure now that the sun is out, it will hold true to its prolific reputation.
See these flowers and buds? Those are future strawberries. This variety will produce all through summer. If I need more, I can always request some from Marjie!
These beauties are cilantro. Pam, if you are reading this, I think of you every time I look at this plant! See the little lady bug standing guard over this plant? He's the bouncer. No pesky pests allowed here!
My middle child is a cucumber fanatic. She can't wait for these plants to grow, grow, grow!
Here's my littlest ladybug, who along with the real McCoy moseying up her arm, is watering my plants. She's definitely my green thumb child. My hubby and other bugs , I mean children, provide the appropriate oohs and ahhs at the garden.