As I said in my intro, some posts will be all peace and love, and some will be a real shit show. For today, it's a little of both. I have leared a few things this week so far and I thought I would pass it along to anyone who may be in need. On Monday, I went out into my garden around 8 a.m. as I always do. It makes no difference if I am going to harvest something or not, I walk around my garden and I speak to my plants and to myself for that matter. I observe each one and I try to notice any differences in their appearance. Are they happy? Are they thirsty? You get the idea. Well, it seemed as though my zuchinni was pissed off. Not thirsty or hungry, but down right pissed! The leaves along the bottom were aggrevated and my zuchinni, which should have doubled in size by then, was still small. So, I set off to figure out why my plant is upset and I'm looking around for any signs of the upset. BEHOLD! The culprit. Frass around the root of my plant. For those of you who are without a green thumb or just don't garden, frass would be the poo of a demon that has probably possessed your plant. I decide to "scrub in", and I grab my exacto knife and tweezers and with my best Dan Ackroyd impression, "I will now incise". It didn't take long after gaining entry at the point of frass that I retrieved the demons from their cozy habitat inside my plant. I have now taken some steps to try and ward off the vine borers by placing yellow bowls of water between plants. As it turns out, the moths are attracted to the color yellow, and they will fly to the bowl of water in attempt to lay eggs, and instead they will meet their watery demise. I have also injected the roots and stems with bacillus thuringiensis. I make a point to lay down a pretty heavy ring of diatomaceous earth around the base of each plant as well as dusting them from time to time to keep pests at bay but the BT was deffinately necessary this year. Fingers crossed, I will continue to harvest some bomb ass squash from my plants, and as for the little guys in the picture, lets just say they are a delicacy for my chickens.