A few weeks ago, I wrote about the apartment garden “hanging in there” in spite of the summer heat. Well, just a few short weeks later, it’s not doing so well.
The plants have been attacked by these black caterpillars that eat through all the leaves and even soft branches. They grow big and fat then turn into these ugly moths. Ugggh!! Between the 106 heat and the caterpillars, my poor garden is now looking scraggly: the chocolate mint is gone, and the peppermint has had it.
If I was relying on this garden for food, I’d be in trouble. That’s why I believe even if you have a garden, even a more successful one, you still need a backup food storage plan. Any number of things can wreck a garden: insects, animals such as rabbits and deer, bad weather, lack of water, etc. That’s why families in the old days preserved part of their crops by drying or canning.
I haven’t given up on the garden yet. Some of the plants survived, such as the lavender, basil and green onion.
To combat the worms I filled a spray bottle with water and added a teaspoon of Dawn dish-washing liquid. I sprayed the soap spray to every caterpillar that I found.