This posting is part of my ongoing record of the good, the bad, and anything else noteworthy in my Sunset neighborhood, backyard garden.
- Started Lacinato kale (aka Tuscan kale or Nero di Toscana cabbage) under grow lights. This kale has a sweeter, softer leaf than many other kales. Yum! I can already taste the kale chips.
- Harvesting lettuce, strawberries, and leeks.
- Second round of carrot seeds is popping up.
Pests aka Bad Things
- Leafrollers (caterpillars who cause the leaf to roll around them and protect them) are on my lemon trees and mint. Are they light brown apple moths (Epiphyas postvittana), the highly invasive agriculture pest that has raised great alarm in the Bay area since its discovery in 2006? I’m going to take a closer look with my loupe and the UC Field ID Guide for Light Brown Apple Moth in California Nurseries.
- As I’ve been digging around, I’ve discovered some cutworms (Peridroma saucia) overwintering in the soil.
- Wet weather means more slugs and snails. The lettuce, beans, and strawberries are being attacked. I scattered Sluggo pellets, an organic pesticide, to remedy the situation.
Things Worth Mentioning
- With the cold temperatures, things are growing at a snail’s pace.