Today would have been a perfect beach like day IF it was July. However, it’s February in Bakersfield. I need some cold weather to kill the bugs, rain in the garden to settle the dust and clear the air, and snow in the mountains to use when it is July.
The cauliflower has been bothered by aphids in this warm weather. I was considering taking the plants out and getting the bed ready for summer crops; but there are 16 head that seem to be doing alright. I’ll wait.Broccoli has also had aphid troubles.I’ve blasted the plants with a power stream of water from the garden hose and relocated some of the early ladybugs so they can help control this problem.Probably every seed of lettuce germinated successfully in the garden this season. There is lettuce growing in a salad bed and lettuce growing in the holes of the cinder blocks that form the beds. Another reason the hope for cooler weather is to extend my lettuce enjoyment.The discovery of Root Knot Nematodes* has led to a search for knowledge on the topic and a successful safe way to control the wee beasties. At least I have beets and carrots successfully growing in beds that don’t seem to effected by nematodes.The carrots are coming along nicely and have been used in roast beef and pasta salad. Of course, they have been snacks while out in the garden along with peas. I can never seem to get peas past the garden gate because I eat them while enjoying the garden.By about 10:30 this morning the temperature was just under 70°F with clear skies and a light breeze. By nightfall, the lights were visible out in Elk Hills, on the Grapevine, and Breckenridge where there is no snow.
* If anyone has information to share about ridding my garden of damaging nematodes, I would appreciate it.