What's with the ants this year?
I'd noticed that the 2 zucchini I'd planted were wilting morning, noon and night the past few days. Today I gently lifted the plant and the whole base came off. I strongly suspect the ants chewed right through them. They've been in all the flowers so far and I hadn't given much thought to them. Didn't see the harm. But I'd never heard of them chewing through the plant at the base. (A goggle search confirms this.)
Well, drat. I'd had an over abundance of zucchini last year so I planted very sparingly. (Ha! Just goes to show you.) Now both are gone and it looks like they're eating the yellow squashes too. Someone mentioned that ants don't like cucumber so I put some cucumber shavings from last nights salad around the base of the remaining squash. I think they're doomed, but will see.
Later in the day I had to take Ginny out for a stroll so I curiously looked at the cucumber patch.
Lots of blooms and baby cukes...and what's that?
Ants all over them too. So much for the "ants don't like cucumber" theory. Not really sure what to do other than observation.
Oh hey, look what I found!
This is the first cuke from our garden. Baker Creek Beit Alpha.
I then strolled over to eyeball the tomato patches. I've been reading Erin's trials and tribulations with early blight. (Shudder) All I can do is watch for now. I have a few yellow leaves close to the ground. I went ahead and pruned those off wondering if I held the beginnings of the big B in my hand. Time will tell. I remember 2-3 years ago Ohio gardens were affected. No tomatoes and lots of burn piles.
When I read how horrible a year it's been for so many of you, I consider myself lucky that I've gotten off lightly so far this year.
We'll see how long that luck holds. And if ants eating my zucchini is the only thing I've got to worry about, than I have gotten off easy.