Monday, March 14, 2011

In spite of aphids

The basil is starting to thicken out, despite attempts by miscellaneous insects to thin it. Little nibbles on leaves, blackened edges from where the sun has burnt the raw edges. That blue sky was a treat, gorgeously warm and just breezy enough to dry a load of laundry, before it clouded over and brief showers brought a cool change.
The cucumbers, whitened by our home remedies for aphids, are making a comeback, yellow flowers finally peeking out from underneath the prickly velvet leaves. Hopefully, the sun will stay out for long enough for the little tendrils to wrap themselves around the stakes and haul the plants skywards. I'm not optimistic about getting any actual cucumbers, but I'd love to see them grow.

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