Cauliflower Catastrophe and Potato Beetles Run Amok

| 6/16/2013 8:40:41 AM

A photo of Shannon SaiaWe've had a genuine spring here in Southern Maryland this year - mild (70s mostly) weather and a lot of rain. Overall I'm really pleased with how things are going in the garden so far. My peas have come and gone, I planted a whole row this year, and I ended up with two gallon-size Ziploc bags full of them in my freezer, and I am THRILLED about this. Growing and freezing a lot of peas has been a goal of mine for awhile now. And it's only mid-June, and I have plenty of time to get that bed into shape for a row of broccoli to go in in a few months.

As usual, though, I am having a few challenges. First, the cauliflower.

 cauliflower with insect damage 

Sigh. I'm still trying to figure cauliflower out.

This picture really doesn't do justice to how bad these heads really look. The insect damage on the leaves is obvious, but you can't tell in the picture how discolored the heads are, and how covered in black speckles. I haven't actually caught anything eating them, so I'm not sure what's doing it - the usual suspects, I expect. I do know that I am going to try again for a fall crop and that this time I'm going to cover them. It's a move I am going to have to make if I ever want to have cauliflower (or cabbage) around here.

 cabbages in raised bed