I checked the paprika peppers, and then pulled up all the plants. Every single pepper was chewed on. Despite repeated applications of caterpillar killer. Maybe it wasn’t caterpillars. It sure looked like ‘pillar damage, but I also never actually found one on the plants. And whatever it was sure wasn’t bothered by the Bt. I’ve never had such insect damage on my peppers. Sure, last year I ended up tossing about half the peppers from the garden for bug damage. But I also got to keep half that were fine. This year I’ve tossed a couple habaneros, a few Buena Mulatas, and one or two Hungarian Hot Wax. And already picked, to keep, more than twice what I’ve tossed. And I’ve yet to find a damaged jalapeno at all. But I’ve only picked TWO undamaged paprikas, and tossed many many many more than that. Maybe they were just that attracted to the paprika? No clue…..
I pulled up the cantaloupe vines as mentioned last time. They were mostly dead anyway, which is odd cause half of them were planted way later than the first ones (deliberately). I’m blaming the incredible hot summer.
I didn’t completely pull up the Blue Berries tomatoes. But I did massively hack them back. The shear amount of dropped fruit I found under them is huge. I was indeed missing that many ripe fruit.
I also trimmed back the White Cherries, and some of the outlayer branches of the Black Plums. It is now September, which means that we could get hit with a frost at any time now (and Mother Nature is suddenly remembering what weather is supposed to be like here), so I’d rather they put their energy into ripening the fruit already there. Though the weather next week is supposed to get hot again our low last night was 48f, so fall is coming!
I pulled up all the volunteer vines. I didn’t bother to save the squash from them, I thought about it, but I have a ton of zucchini AND the pumpkin vines from this year are also producing well, so I just don’t need them.
I’m keeping a close eye on the Melon Pear. I’d really like to get some fruit from it, but so far none of it has even started to change color.