The garden's been doing well, with some exceptions. We've been eating salads every night:
|Yummy Mixed lettuces with Watermelon Radishes|
But I am once again doing battle with the Flea Beetles. For years every time I put out my eggplants, flea beetles would eat them down to nothing. The exception was last year. The Potager wasn't completed until June last year and I purchased a larger eggplant plant to put in the garden. It never was attacked by flea beetles. It may have been genetically modified or it was just a more mature plant. Flea Beetles apparently can't eat thicker mature leaves. I just learned this. If I had learned this earlier, I would have waited to plant the eggplants and not ended up with this:
|Flea beetle damage - tons of holes and dried leaves|
|Sad looking Black Beauty - there are no new signs of growth on it.|
|Even worse looking Rosa Bianco.|
I even waited until they had larger leaves before putting them out, but the flea beetles are voracious nonetheless.
However, I have a back up.
This healthy looking Black Beauty is still on my porch. If the others die, it will go into the garden.
Note to self - keep more spare plants next year. You just never know.