Friday, June 28, 2013

Flea Beetles

The radish plants were not looking good. Upon closer inspection, I discovered why.


Here was a garden pest I had never encountered before. It was also only affecting the plants in the ground (not the plants in the Earthboxes).


And, as you can see below, it was destroying the radishes but hardly touching the nearby zucchini.


Turns out, it's the flea beetle. And apparently, having the radish plants there kept them away from the zucchini. Maybe I should plant radishes again next year just to keep the zucchini safe?

Update 7/3/2014: I planted radishes again near the zucchini and again it seems to be working. We have flea beetles once more but it doesn't seem to be nearly as bad as last year. I did happen to come across a new article from Grit Magazine about dealing with the pests and how to fight them.

You can read the article at:
http://www.grit.com/farm-and-garden/pests/battling-the-evil-flea-beetle.aspx



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Monday, June 17, 2013

A Bowling Bargain

We signed up the family for "Summer UnPlugged" bowling at AMF. The "Pickles" could bowl 2 games for free every day all summer long. For $35, I could sign up Mr. LH and I for the same deal - 2 games everyday all summer.

The Girl's new bowling shoes paired up with her "lucky socks"

Mr. LH and I had our own bowling shoes. We bought a pair for The Boy at a thrift store and purchased a new pair for The Girl (at $2.50 a rental, we knew it wouldn't take long to break even on the shoes).


We don't go bowling everyday. But we go a lot. Maybe 2 to 3 times a week.


Sometimes all of us would go. Sometimes just me and one child.


It's great to go there just to enjoy the air conditioning for a couple of hours.

What kind of split is THAT???

We've already gotten our money's worth! We'll get three months of bowling for the family for $35 (plus the cost of the shoes)! And it eliminates a lot of possible summer boredom.



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