Well, they are back! STINK BUGS! At least they have left my home. I have found stink bug damage on some tomatoes, I have even found them mating on my zucchini. They pierce the skin and an inject an enzyme that starts to rot the fruit.
This week I have taken down the last of my sugar snap peas and will save the seeds for the next crop. I also have some blossom end rot on some of my tomatoes. Totally my fault. Since I don't live at the farm, I can't see the garden every day to water. Blossom end rot is caused by a lack of calcium. There is calcium in the soil, but inconsistent watering is the culprit. I picked and tossed the ugly tomatoes. This is not a disease that affects the plant, so the new tomatoes setting fruit will be fine, it is up to the gardener to step up!
|nymph stage of squash bug|
|more eggs - they look like copper in the sunlight|
On the positive side, some things are thriving. My native plants. They belong in this environment, so they will survive the searing heat and inconsistent rain.
|This garden is alive with pollinators|