I hesitated to expand my recession garden because holey leaves and small black dots began appearing on my otherwise healthy mint plant. If I couldn’t take care of mint, which some consider a weed, what luck would I have with anything else? But I needed a ceiling hook to hang an indoor plant so I picked up two packets of seeds at Home Depot. (Total cost: $2.25.)
What to plant? Readers suggested I plant tomatoes, artichokes and snap peas, among others. But I chose two of my favorite vegetables that I remember growing well in my parent’s garden as a child: zucchini and green beans. I put a few seeds in each of five pots. (I’d show you a picture but it’s pretty boring.)
While planting these seeds I took a closer look at my suffering mint plant. Yesterday I shook all the black dots off the leaves, but they had reappeared already. Who was to blame? I shook the leaves again because a gardener told me that dislodging aphids was often enough to kill them. Maybe that would work on this pest, too.
Then I spotted a bright green squiring caterpillar. Aha! I scooped it into a glass dish and quickly found 9 more – including two clinging to the underside of my mint plant. Darn you, caterpillars!
I will keep a sharp eye out for any more. As for these guys, they met a watery end. Flush!
One month after planting my recession garden