5 Pound Zucchini and Garden Pests

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My brother's boss gave him a 5 pound zucchini this past weekend. The thing is so huge! I placed a fork next to it to give you a good perspective of the sheer size of it. His boss says that when he came back from vacation, his zucchini quadrupled in size. He doesn't use fertilizer or anything to induce growth yet all of his vegies grow abnormally big. Every year, his garden yields a bounty of fruits and vegetables without fail. I think he has a combination of good sunlight and super soil. 


My garden on the other hand requires a lot of hard work and yields nothing edible. My cherry tomato plant grows nicely every year but none of  fruits are edible. There's just something weird about those tomatoes. They don't seem to progress to the ripe stage. I've had it for 3 or 4 years now and I'm thinking of just yanking the entire thing out because it has grown quite big and is taking up a big space. Aside from my tomato plant, I once had a zucchini plant. It did well for one growing cycle and then got infected by a disease or something. I don't know if it's my soil pH balance or if it's because there's simply not enough sun to grow stuff in my garden. It's mostly cloudy and foggy in my neighborhood. 



I'm most proud of my red rose bush since it is the only plant thriving while all the others have stagnant or no growth at all. The roses are very fragrant. I've had the rose bush for a year now and it has continuously blossomed. The only problem is pests eating on the leaves and the roses. I have to figure a way to get rid of those critters without the need to use insecticide. 

 

Do you know of a safe way to get rid of garden pests?


21 comments:

Sommer J said...

I tried and failed with a garden :( I will try herbs again next year, though!

Holy zucchini!!! happy eating!

eugene said...

You know my lil son told me the other day there is this so called good worm (akin to the good cholesterol in body) can infact help the plants to grow,,,,,will google it to see if it is true,,,

take care now

Ummie said...

Is that cucumber?

Ash said...

aww sorry about your veggies and i have no green-fingers unlike my mum so i can't help you with the pests. :(

maybe your bro's boss can help. ;)

~ash's mum

Mr. Stupid said...

Our garden fails miserably. You have a great Rose Bush. All we have left is sticks with a couple of leafs stuck to it. Even though, all that happens to be my fault, I don't count that.
That zucchini is huge. Looks like your brother's boss has an amazing garden.

AVCr8teur said...

I always envy those people who can grow anything. A 5 lbs. zucchini will last for many meals. To rid aphids on roses, spray them with a mixture of dish soap and water.

Erin said...

I don't know a thing about how to get rid of the pest! I wish you luck with that!

That zucchini would make awesome zucchini bread!!

RoseBelle said...

@Ummie - no, it's not a cucumber. Zucchini is a squash that looks like a cucumber.

Gratitude said...

Your garden soil probably lacks nutrients. Organic fertilizers should done the job. My mom told me that she sprays organic enzymes on the plants to keep the insects away. The making of home-made enzymes is a huge hit here.

+Ant+

Ebie said...

I do not have a green thumb, so I cannot share any advise. But my friend saves all vegetable peels and feed them in their soil (compost?) and she produces great vegetables.
In my own opinion, it has something to do with the soil, too.

Good luck!

TK said...

Wow that's a huge one! I love zucchini and I have a friend who plant zucchini at her backyard but they never grow that big..
You have a beautiful rose there. Should really be proud of yourself! Dont u ever gif up on gardening!! You just have to be a little bit more patient...

myorii said...

Wow, that is quite a zucchini! Sorry, I don't have a green thumb and pretty much everything I try to grow ends up dying. I wish I had tips to share...

Mei Teng said...

I don't have a garden so no pests to deal with.

That's one huge zucchini. Is your brother going to cook it?

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I hope your garden responds to blog bashing like mine did. I even have tomatoes ripening. Can you believe it?

Janie B said...

That zucchini looks delish! I have an insect problem, too. Japanese Beetles eat my crepe myrtles. Drives me nuts, but nothing seems to work on them. Good luck getting rid of yours.

Nezzy said...

Now that's a whopper of a zucchini! Girl, you've god aphids...nothin' to be ashamed of. I've tried the natural way of treating my 38 rose bushes and have given in to 3 in one commercial fungicide treatment that takes care of mites, insects and fungi. My bad!!!

God bless and have the most beautiful day!!!

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levian said...

i know nuts about gardening.
but i believe it will change once i got my very own home,
which is pretty soon.
can't wait to explore all the possibilities like you guys are currently doing! :)

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Life with Kaishon said...

That is a HUGE zucchini! I laughed my head off about your faithful gardening and then it's demise. Darn it.

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears said...

That zucchini's really big! I wonder how it tastes?

I'm not very good at gardening but I've tried to sprinkle salt and crushed pepper around my plants to get rid of baby snails, and it worked! I've read some where too, that you can soak some dried chillies with...erm...I think vineger(not sure though) for about a month or two and voila! You can use the liquid with a sprayer as insecticide! (Sorry I've misplaced that recipe for insecticide...let me get back to you if I'm able to find it, ok?)