Wednesday, October 3, 2012

(AF) Those Beautiful, Wonderful Little Green Bugs!!!

 It has been a most hot and dry Spring and Summer! We have struggled just to keep a few plants alive. Most died and very few produced. Any we did get to produce we pretty much had to hand pollinate as it was even too hot for anything but the squash bugs to survive.

Now Fall has come, bringing in the Fall rains and cooler weather, which has caused what plants we managed to save (and the ones we took a gamble on and planted late) to jump into fast growth mode. Everything seems to be growing at top speed, now, and bursting into bloom. Here at Annas Farm, the blooming Perilla Mint has attracted the honey bees, which also mosey over to the veggies to pollinate them.  In addition to the bees, some kind of little, black-spotted, green bug has moved in by the hundreds! I have not seen many of them before, so I don't know what they are, but what I do know is that they are doing a WONDERFUL job of pollinating my veggies, especially my squash! They don't appear to be eating any of my plants/leaves, just working hard pollinating. They are working so hard pollinating, that I wish I could give them some kind of treat or reward because they are saving me LOTS of time, time that I had been spending each morning hand-pollinating my squash in an effort to get a few to eat this year. Oh, and that pic above is of an Okra leaf. They are busy working away there, too.

Here is a pic of my Cocozelle Zucchini.  It isn't often that a male and female bloom are that closely together.


And here are those wonderful, little green bugs hard at work to pollinate our squash.




Isn't nature wonderful?! If anyone knows what these little bugs are called we would love to know, or even hear what you think or suggest they might be.  And hopefully, in a few days, we will be able to share with you what that little squash looks like on our plates!

2 comments:

  1. I want to tell you I've been following your blog for several weeks and enjoy it. I live in SE Oklahoma, off grid. My husband and I were living our dream when he died unexpectedly 2 1/2 months ago. Now I'm trying to keep everything going on my own, without my best friend who has been by my side for 41+ years. I'm not telling you this for pity. Enjoy every minute you can with each other and those you love. I hope your journey together is as amazing as ours was. Thanks, Sylvia

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  2. Sylvia, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comment!! I am so glad you did! You truly touched our hearts. We were actually together when we read your comment and nearly squeezed each other in two, hugging. So far, our journey has been pretty amazing and as we look ahead, we look with great excitement and eagerness.
    I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I can't possibly imagine how hard that must be. My prayers are most definitely with you in every area .... especially prayers of comfort and prayers for strength and success as you continue on.

    We also want to thank you for following our blog. We hope you are enjoying it and, although it sounds like you are way ahead of us in the off grid living, we hope that you have found something in it to be of help to you. We also eagerly look forward to hearing more from you and hearing your input and ideas, even if they differ from ours. We are always open to other ways and methods that might be even better than ours.

    Again, we thank you for your wonderful comment and may God's blessings be with you abundantly always!
    Anna

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