I had wanted to do a post on all the harvest that we had this year. But, I’m afraid I didn’t keep very good records. The yield was so little. I barely wrote anything down in my notebook. Quite discouraging.
The last of the summer predator. The grasshopper. The killer of hope. The snuffer of garden dreams.
This pest has thwarted my efforts the past 2 and 1/2 years. I’ve not had a successful garden.
I just don’t know what I’m doing wrong; or for that matter, what I did right 2 -1/2 years ago.
Between the grasshoppers and drought…we’ve lost vegetable gardens and hard labor. We’ve lost fruit trees and we have missed out on thriving trees yielding any kind of fruit to eat!
Our fig tree hasn’t given us a fig to eat the past 2 years.
I was walking in the garden on Saturday…the first full day of FALL…I saw this.
A small oak tree. Growing all by itself out where the potager (kitchen garden) has been.
There are a few nibbles on a couple of the leaves. But for the most part…it is growing.
I don’t think the grasshoppers find the Oak tree very desirable. Our large OAKS have kept their leaves. They have stood up to the ravages of these bugs…and to the lack of water.
There are all types too… check out the green one in the middle. It is like a meeting of the minds; a strategy meeting.
Then there is this. An empty nest. Abandoned long ago, after being tediously built in what was once a shade tree (Red-tip Photinia) …now empty of it’s leaves and inhabitants.
Finally, here on the first day of FALL (at the time this photo was taken)…sprouting new leaves. Struggling to survive.
I am so grateful for the rain we had ,all day ,on Friday and then on Saturday morning.
If these grasshoppers ever die back or leave…then I might have a chance at a cool weather garden. I planted what I thought to be a Fall garden for us, but they ate all that as soon as it came up.
How about you? Do you have plans for a fall garden? What sort of natural perils are you up against, in the garden...where you live?
“Rejoice in the LORD always, and again I say rejoice.” ~Philippians 4:4