“Today the battle begins. We have a fight that we need to wage against the those that are seeking to destroy what we have worked so hard in achieving!”
With the increase in temperature, the beds did need some work and the cucumber beetles had arrived. This blog post by WI Master Gardener provides interesting facts about cucumber beetles in the US, and the beetles decimating our newly planted cucumbers for our tunnel are the same critters as in the article.
Having discussed camouflaged with the children and how to pick the caterpillars off safely (the children were planning to keep them as pets and watch them grow), a group of 6 children were given the task of removing the caterpillars.
There were lots of squeals of excitement when ladybirds and their larvae were spotted. Especially when the children heard they were friendly bugs to have.