The first week of August the weather cooled and it was time to plant my fall garden. Now, if you noticed a bunch of holes in my little plants I'll tell you about those. Pests have invaded my garden, hence the veil. I had such lovely little seedlings, seeds that I sowed directly into the soil, and one day I found them chewed up and full of holes and broken stems. I also found a bunch of black worms with yellow stripes. After doing a bit of online searching (which I found quite nauseating after looking at page after page of worms) I finally found the culprit. A yellow striped armyworm. I find the name amusing seeing that I'm right next to Ft. Bragg and can't seem to get away from everything Army. But sadly, my research told me that armyworms are hard to get rid of and there are no pesticides for them. Not that I would want to use a pesticide, one of the reasons I grow my own vegetables is to try to keep my food as natural as possible. I read these worms like to munch on the leaves at night, and my dear husband didn't even bat an eyelash when I asked him to grab a flashlight and help me smash worms out in the yard. After six years of knowing me, he is hardly ever surprised by any of my strange requests. We went out and smashed away, then did a bit more smashing the next morning. I went to Joann's Fabrics and bought 4 yards of tulle and threw it over as a floating row cover to keep any other bugs out. The chicken wire cover is to keep birds and rabbits out as well. Now my plants have perked up quite a bit, especially the cabbage. The worms have practically destroyed the swiss chard, I don't think any will survive. I have already enjoyed a few radishes and sampled a tiny green tomato. I couldn't help it, they looked so tasty.
On the knitting front, I am three rows and a bind off away from finishing a new design. This one really flew off the needles, but mostly because I have quite a few secret projects lined up and don't have time to waste. Hopefully later on, either this afternoon or tomorrow I will have a few photos of it blocking to post.