So this morning we did our daily check of the soil and to see if there is anything new to report…
We saw that the first sprout has larger leaves and its sprouting even more leaves but we also found the smallest of small, white crawling bugs.. YUCK!!!
So like every good lil gardener….We googled it! LOL
We found out that it could be one of a few things but most importantly; we found out how to get rid of them ‘greenly’, if that’s a word. Thank you Google!
We mixed in (our recycled water jug 😉 )
1 tablespoon of dishwashing soap (we used dawn)
1 tablespoon of cooking oil (we used vegetable oil)
1 gallon of water
We then labeled it to make sure Daddy doesn’t drink it. Just kidding. I want to teach the kids that when you put some thing in a container that it should be labeled so that others know exactly what is in the container for safety. I asked Zander what he wanted to label it and he said, “Bug Killer” so there you have it.
Then we gave the soil a good watering. We probably put 1 1/2 cups of our mixture over the plant and soil. We will check again tomorrow but so far Zander’s hourly updates are “no more bugs”. He’s actually a little disappointed that the bugs went away. I had to explain to him that there are good bugs and bad bugs for plants. Good bugs for plants are lady bug, butterfly, frog, bird, worm, bee, snake, lizard…these may not all be our friends but they do help plants. Pest that we want to get rid of are snails, tomato hornworm, caterpillar, slug and aphids. These will snack on your plants. The soap and oil will not harm the plant but the bugs won’t like the taste.
After we got the bugs packing, we finally started on a new plant, spinach. I had Zander pick what we should plant next and I was surprise this was his pick!
We did all the things we did last time and Zander was just as much into as the first time. We even made an observation drawing for the spinach so we can compare time line and difference in colors and shapes. The gardening has been a lot of fun so far (bugs and all) and not at all as time consuming as I had thought it would be. Although, for now the plants are inside and only a few little plants. But none of us can wait for more!