Yesterday morning I finished planting everything about 10:30. I went in the house to clean up and get lunch ready for Vince. I knew the grasshoppers were still around and planned to check the seedlings this morning to see how they were doing and decide if I needed to cover them.
After lunch . . right after lunch . . I went out to cut a few more pods of okra to have enough to fill the three bags. Three of my cauliflower and all 10 of my cabbage plants had already been completely eaten by the grasshoppers.
The row coverings were necessary! I strung up the soaker hose for the cauliflower and covered it. The sides and ends are all pinned down but this morning I’ll go out and rake dirt over the edges to keep the grasshoppers from finding spots to get under the covering and eat the plants.
No one should have to deal with grasshoppers the way we’re having to do here. I’m so ready for them to go away and never come back. I know . . not gonna happen!
Last Fall I had to replant everything because of them so I’m trying to keep a closer watch this year. I only have enough row cover for one more row so I guess whatever sprouts first will get the next two packages of row cover and maybe by then, they’ll be gone. Wishful thinking on my part, huh?