Rainy Morn-Sunny Afternoon

I’ve been hoping for a few weeks to catch a picture of one of these illusive butterflies.   I took this from my car door, on our lane, this afternoon.  He flew from flower to flower posing for me.  I ended up with two nice shots.

We got a good rain this morning about and inch.  The sun came out this afternoon and when I got home I noticed that the green beans and corn are up. Yeah!
The moment the corn starts to silk we’ll take some glycerin and place some drops on the silks.  The gylcerin is slick causing the worms to slip off and their eggs to slide away.  We tried this last year with success.
I put some 10-20-10 fertilizer on the cantalopes and the roma tomato before I left the house this morning.  Rain is the best to melt it into the ground. 

Gardening Tips
From an article by Sharon Lovejoy on the Fine Gardening website.

Adhesive tape lifts small insects from plant leaves.
Tricks for removing aphids, mites, and other small insects:
Scientists at Texas A&M University estimate that up to 90 percent of problems with aphids, mites, and spittlebug nymphs can be cured by dislodging them with a strong blast of water. You can also use adhesive tape to remove aphids and other small insects from plant leaves. Simply wrap a long piece of tape around your fingers (sticky side out), and blot off the bugs.

For aphids in particular, set a yellow dish filled with soapy water near the plant.
Aphids are drawn to the color yellow. For spider mites that persist despite a daily spray of plain water, use a buttermilk spray developed by scientists at Purdue University. Combine 1/4 cup of buttermilk and 2 cups of wheat flour in 2-1/2 gallons of water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, shake the ingredients thoroughly, and spray it on your plants.
Crushed strong-scented herbs make a tea that repels many insects.
An herbal brew to combat troublesome creepy crawlers:
Basil and especially potently scented herbs- such as lavender, rosemary, tansy, southernwood, rue, mint, wormwood, or sage-help fight harmful leafhoppers, aphids, cabbage loopers, mites, cucumber beetles, and many other creepy crawlers. Simply gather a handful of fresh basil leaves and stems and any other herb trimmings you have on hand, crush them slightly, and stuff them into a mesh produce sack, if you have one. Put the sack (or the loose herbs) into a bucket or a large glass jar that is at least 1/2 gallon in size, and fill with water. Cover the container, and set it in the sun to brew for a few days. Remove the sack, or strain the solids from the mixture.
Store the liquid in a covered container in a cool, dark area until it’s needed as an insecticide. When you’re ready to do battle, pour the herbal brew into a spray bottle, add 1/8 teaspoon of liquid soap, and shake well before spraying.


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