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They Are Here!

July 4, 2008 - Janet DelTurco
Since I found the first Japanese beetle on the raspberry canes a few days ago, the curse has spread and they are all over the raspberries, the Japanese cherry tree and worst of all my beautiful Peace roses. I hate to use strong pesticides on any part of my garden, with small children and two nosy dogs running around, but to fight those horrible beetles I will do anything. So the Sevin "puffer" is loaded and ready for action. I had very few beetles the past two years, but this looks like being a banner year for them. To Ziggy who asked about scarlet runner beans, this particular variety are called Wisley because they were developed at Wisley, the headquarters of the British Horticultural Society, which is near my sister's home. And runner beans in general taste and look quite different from regular green beans. They are longer, and have a kind of leathery surface, and to my mind taste much better. If you want to give me your email address I will contact you when they are ready and give you a sample. Wow, how the weeds are growing! I pulled three containers full today, and now I just heard that the city composting facility has lost funding and will cease on October 1st. I so hope this is not true! I have two composting bins, but they get filled with kitchen scraps, I don't know wherever I could put all the loads of weeds and brush I have always taken "out to the city".


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