May
21
2012

  Nasturtiums Repel Squash Bugs?

If nasturtiums truly repel squash bugs, then the money I spent on Grit magazine was well-spent. The teaser on the cover said there was an article about companion planting, which along with the article about the $50 chicken coop is why I bought it. I read the bit about the bugs yesterday, and today I spent $2 on a 4-pack of nasturtiums. They are already in the ground. I figure four flowers should cover three squash, right? The squash bugs haven't yet arrived for the season, so I hope there is time for the flowers to bloom before they make their way to my garden.

Something has, however, been eating my eggplant. I pulled off a caterpillar today, but I only found it on one plant, and all have been eaten. It rained today, so I'll have to reapply my insecticidal soap tomorrow morning. One of my tomatoes is being eaten, but the others all look fine. I even have green tomatoes on my cherry tomato plant.

I have been aggressively hoeing out the weeds all over the place. My garden really isn't too bad, but the yard, oy. From now on I'm just going to take a hoe with me when the kids are playing outside, and chop down any weed that vexes me. I don't mind the clover since its soft to walk on and doesn't get too tall. But the worst are spiny weeds and crabgrass. With those I am merciless. I generally let wildflowers live if their foliage is non-objectionable, but my decision on that varies by my mood and the particular location of the plant. Sometimes weedy wildflowers bug me, other times I'll give them a pass. They would be well-advised to stay away from anywhere I have to push the stroller, or else be weak-stemmed and easy to run over. Although having pretty, lacy leaves helps, too. And being currently in flower is the surest way to avoid the hoe. It's easy to overlook ugly leaves and stems when there are pretty flowers on top.