It is starting to seem like at this time of the year, gardening is a lot about defending your crops! (Plus a LOT of watering!)
The Japanese beetles and the green June beetles seem to be done for the season, thankfully. I still haven't figured out what totally destroyed my kale plants, but I think now that there is only swiss chard in that bed, it may be moving into the swiss chard, which had been untouched.
There's a hornworm eating my cherry tomato plant which I cannot find.
My acorn squash fell to the SVB's.
Surprisingly, I am not seeing much squash bugs, but even though I don't see them, it is possible they account for all the older leaves dying off my winter squash plants.
In the non-insect realm, the new dog we acquired loves to dig up my gardens, as well as to pick tomatoes and peppers and carry them around like toys. She especially loves to dig in nice soft, loose dirt. That tends to mean places where I have just planted stuff. So she keeps digging up the seeds, seed potatoes, etc that I just planted. I am slowing her down by piling loose sticks over everything I plant, but it makes the garden look strange.
I planted some yellow crookneck squash by my chain link fence. They have sprouted and put out true leaves and are doing nicely, but now some of the little stems are being chewed off. Oh yeah, that's the side of the yard that the bunny comes in to. The bunny is why the quarter circle squash bed got fenced in. Since those vines got huge, the bunny hasn't been bothering them or the squashes they have produced. I guess it just likes tender new seedlings. So now I will have to figure out a way to protect those AND the scarlet runner beans I just planted today, also along the chain link fence.
I feel like I should just sit out there and guard my plants!