Patio Gardening 2010: Week 12 – Bugs on the Tomatoes

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This post is coming a few days early because the boyfriend and I are headed out of town this weekend. A friend of ours will be coming to water the plants during the week we’re gone, but the update had to be done today.

The weather this week has been wonderful–no rain and in the 70s. We’ve been able to turn off the AC and have the windows open. I think it’s good for the plants as well, especially to get a break from the heat and humidity.

The cucumbers are still growing and will probably be ready to pick sometime this week (when we’re gone, boo!), but there’s more tiny ones growing, so that’s great!

The tomato plants are still flowering, but I noticed the other day that something has been chewing holes in the leaves.

Since then I’ve found two of these guys crawling the soil after I watered the plant and I’m not sure if they’re the perpetrators that have been eating our cherry tomato plants. They look like they could be some type of caterpillar. They’re pretty tiny (half an inch or less) and dark brown or black (they blend in with the soil really well) but have white-ish stripes down their side. I have no clue what they are but maybe one of my brilliant readers does? (Turns out they’re cutworms.)

Some of our beans have been turning yellow. I’m not sure what the cause is. We’ve had some bean pods that were practically white and flat and they’d get to be about an inch and a half long and then just fell off. Now we’ve had a couple beans grow and then gradually turn yellow-white. No clue what’s causing this. Some of the leaves are turning kind of yellow and crunchy.

Here’s the video for the week (which I filmed all by myself):

For those who are new, this year the boyfriend and I are doing a little container gardening experiment where we are trying to grow various herbs and vegetables on our patio. We live in the city of Chicago, so traditional gardening is out of the question. You can subscribe to the RSS feed to instantly receive the posts each week and also check out our previous posts. Feel free to subscribe to our Youtube channel as well.


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