4+ Inches of Rain and Caterpillars

Caterpillars munching on kale

Caterpillars munching on kale

I have no idea how much rain we’ve gotten so far due to a tall vertical bamboo storage area that negatively affects the precision of my instruments.  But, it’s safe to say that we got at LEAST 4 inches here in the Castle Garden.  Given that the dirt is super saturated, I headed out this morning to do only some harvesting, weeding and checking leaves for the usual suspects; caterpillars and snails.  AND, low and behold, I DID find some caterpillars.  Photographic evidence is over there —>.

Caterpillars can be controlled in organic vegetable gardens with bT, but I don’t like using it.  It smells terrible, for one thing, and it goes against my general philosophy about pest control, which is “Les is more.”  (That’s my name…get it?) Unless they get out of hand, I just squish them with my fingers.  It makes me feel a little guilty, but we’re competing for the same food, so, sorry little buddies.

From the garden to the kitchen today:  Chinese greens, sweet potato greens and Swiss chard (for saag paneer), okra (for spicy fried okra) and black-eyed-peas and cayenne peppers (for dry bean curry).  I also brought in some basil blossoms because they were pretty, smelled good, and needed to be picked.

A few things coming up in the garden:  lettuce, radish, cauliflower, squash & cucumber (oh, please, please hurry!), and spinach