Anyway, when I saw the holes in the cucumber below, I immediately knew what it was. They showed up last year at this time on the cantaloupe, but this time were on the cucumbers (the only cucurbit left in the garden). If you've never seen a pickle worm, then you're in for a treat. I got some pretty nice shots of what to look for. As usual, you can click on each photo to enlarge it.
Photo below - here's what the little stinker looks like. Pretty small, huh? Boy, this thing can really damage fruit - let me tell ya! They don't bother with foliage at all, and instead - bore straight into the fruit (squash, cucumbers, cantaloupe, melons, pumpkins), and really do a number to the interior flesh.
Photo below - here's some of its excrement, which will be the color of whatever it's bored into.
Photo below - here's another one, that hasn't got its body entirely into the fruit yet. I really think their color is kinda pretty, with the tiny black dots and all....I know, pretty weird. Ha! If it wasn't at the very end of my growing season, it would bother me - believe me.
Photo below - I found a couple of these, too. The spotted cucumber beetle has gotta be my favorite harmful pest in the garden, because let's face it - they're kinda cute. However, they spread disease like the plague....I had to kill these, of course. Splat!
I've noticed a decline in most bloggers' posts as of late, and it's just what happens this time of year. We just run out of stuff to talk about. Well, not all of us. Heh. I'll keep blogging about composting, the memorial landscaping project, landscaping projects at home, construction of the shed, construction of my highly anticipated hoop covers, and the broccoli and onions throughout the winter. No break for EG, that's for sure!
Speaking of the hoop covers, my good friend John made me realize something. I've been thinking about how I could provide some heat for them economically, and at the time they'll actually be used - won't need any heat at all. Ventilation will be my only concern, as the inside temperature can easily build to 90-95 degrees during a sunny, winter day.
I know most of you are eager to see the design, but I haven't got all of the details finished yet. I'll tell ya this much - they'll have thermostatically controlled ventilation fans, which will be controlled by a homemade combination of semiconductors (electronic components) i'll assemble, hehe. I wanted to go all out on it, but it just gets too expensive. Maybe I can make enough from the plants to upgrade next year. I think it's possible. Anyway, you're gonna love this ventilation system, and how it works. I feel like that mad scientist for the intro of "Robot Chicken", ha!
Take care, and happy gardening!