Brian started pruning the tomato plants and of course all those lovely prunings could not be wasted. So here we go again, striking them in water before I'll plant them into other parts of the garden just as soon as the roots appear. There were so many cuttings and I couldn't bear to waste any of them. I wrote about striking cuttings from tomato plants here last year.
I'm battling earwigs in my section of the vegetable garden where they love to eat cucumbers, beans, zucchinis and pumpkins, but they don't seem so fussed about the tomato plants. After much patience and vigilance the beans are finally away and starting to climb up the trellis.
I've also planted cucumbers along the trellis at the other end, but they are slow to get away.
Zucchinis and dwarf beans are trying to emerge through the soil, some being eaten off before they become visible to me, but a few are surviving. They are growing in the small round circular "protection" barriers.
I've sprinkled a variety of things to try deterring the earwigs including ash from the fire, coffee grounds and ground up egg shells.
Fifty percent shade cloth covers the entire vegetable garden during our scorching summers here in South Australia.
The earwigs numbers are such a huge problem and when I mulch around my plants they are even worse. I would love to hold the moisture into the soil but the earwigs love mulch.
It is so frustrating to see the gardening programs on TV with lots of mulch and plants that leap up and out of the ground looking luscious. Short of moving to another area, what can I do?
I love to hear about what other gardeners are growing at this time of year.
How is your vegetable garden going? What are you growing and have you taken cuttings from your tomato prunings?
Have you any suggestions about how we could control our earwig numbers without using chemicals? I have traps which I empty every day and feed to the chooks, but the numbers don't diminish.