It's not that I don't want to sew. I would love to get back in my sewing room and crank out a few new blocks. It's just that my garden is so interesting! This morning on my walk through to check my squash and gourds for aphids and other pests, I found this little guy just hanging out on a giant gourd leaf.
Cute, right? He is only and 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches long.
Such a welcome creature who will hopefully help with the bugs.
I had seen some droppings yesterday on a leaf, thought they might be from a lizard, but now that I have seen this guy I think the mystery has been solved.
I also found that my first bud has bloomed. This is on my gourd plant also. It is growing so fast. It already stands 3 feet with lots of buds that won't be far behind this one. However, the ants are a problem.
When I found aphids last Monday on the squash (I note these things on my Garden Calendar if you are interested in my journal), I sprayed with a home mix of dish soap, vegetable oil, and water and have since not seen any more aphids. The ants like the aphid honeydew so they were my tip that I had a problem. Since I don't see any aphids here, I am not sure what the attraction is, but they are unwanted guests. I sprinkled (a bit too liberally) some diatomaceous earth (completely food grade and non-toxic) on the plant.
I'll shake the excess off in a few hours, but I'm hoping this will do the trick. I also plan to put some Vaseline around the lower stems of all the plants since I read that the ants won't cross the greasy stuff. I love old farmer tricks.