It’s that time of year, unfortunately. The Japanese Beetles are out. And this year, I have more of them than I’ve ever had. They’re all over my grapes and asparagus and moving in to my raspberries. I’ve even found a couple on my snap beans and okra across the yard. It’s time to fight! But chemical pesticides are not an option for me, so here’s what I’m doing. Killing Japanese Beetles!
This past week has been extremely hot here in the Charleston area! For example, on Thursday, the temperature reached 99 degrees with a heat index of 107. And I had to harvest cucumbers, peppers, and beans in that heat. I literally had sweat stinging my eyes as I rushed to finish and get back into the blessed air conditioning. Thankfully, a cold front came through that night (minus any rain, unfortunately), decreasing the humidity and cutting the temperature by 15 degrees.
It was perfect timing because Friday was my son’s birthday cookout. I set up the tables beside my fire pit, near my berries and artichokes, then spread the table with some of my garden produce – bean salad, quick pickles, lettuce and onions for the burgers. It was very nice to share my garden as part of the celebration. But the best part was overhearing my son’s response to a friend’s comment about me, the garden, and the food; he said,”Yeah, I know. She’s amazing!” Aw…! Okay, before I tear up again, come see what else is happening in my garden!