I had bought some better-boys that looked so much sturdier than the others, but when I got them home, they looked (and grew) nothing like the usual bb’s I’ve planted. They continued to just bush out, sort of like a husky cherry, so I ran out and bought 3 more better boys just before we went to NYC. I just popped the weird ones over to some pots and they’re okay. The new, normal-looking, plants are small, but they’ll catch up by August or so… In the meantime, I evidently mislabeled a roma as a better boy when I was separating starts, so there is no telling what we’ll end up with!
Michael kept the veggies in good shape while we were gone and added the roses to the water-list. Still, the roses want attention: the leaves were pretty well chewed when we returned. We’ve saturated them with insecticide soap and they look some better, but… I thought knockout roses were supposed to be easy-peasy. Is it just me?
As we sneak up on summer, the humidity around here is sticky, and the bugs are god-awful. I have a patch of chiggers living where the sun don’t shine, and the itching is insufferable. We spray our lawn with something that keeps down the insects, but by the time we get it done this year I’m going to be raw… No amount of deet works against chiggers, so I’m just spraying off the upper torso. So far, skeeters are minimal.
It will be worth it when I’m feasting on zucchini and tomatoes and green beans and bell peppers…