Hurricanes, Drought, and Cabbage Worms.

October came with some challenges this year, not the least of which was the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. After school re-opened post-hurricane, the garden looked like a war-zone. Every trellis had been blown over, garden boxes were broken, plants damaged, and garden supplies and materials had blown around and were strewn everywhere.

img_20161012_092046

I put out an emergency call for parents in the afternoon, and with only 2-3 hours notice, about 4 other parents showed up to help! We got some power tools and some new lumber and lots of helping hands and managed to re-erect 2 of 3 trellises (the other one we decided was just done for the season), repair the garden boxes, support and tie up plants that had fallen. I am so grateful to our committed families for their support!

Following the hurricane, our next problem is drought, which continues as of this post. I never imagined I could say that in the same month we could experience 10 inches of rain in a single day, and also experience drought.

Along with the dry weather we had a big problem with cabbage worms decimating the Kale.

20161012_095857

We don’t spray any chemicals in our garden, so I spent several afternoons taking care of cabbage worms the old-fashioned way: by carefully inspecting and hand-picking off the worms. Though I can’t get them all, for the most part the Kale seems to be recovering nicely by now.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s