This is the downside of gardening. Bugs, varmints, predators, insects. They eat your hard work faster than you can hit the back button on your browser. Squirrels, chipmunks, slugs when it’s wet…they can be fierce at times. Each Spring, however, this is the first one we deal with….the Japanese beetle. We’ll start off by giving the beetle some credit. It’s a pretty bug with its red top. When we traveled for work, United Airlines used to offer a Japanese bento box for lunch when you sat in business class. Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. The bento box on United contained Asian-inspired foods and could be delivered to you whenever you were ready to eat. Every time we see the beetle, we think of the bento box and its pretty color. A pretty Asian lacquered red…a beautiful color….just like the color of the Japanese beetle. The bento box on United Airlines was a good thing. These Japanese beetles are a menace and must be destroyed.
Every year our lilies come up proud and strong. We look at them and think that they are fine for another day or two. They are good enough until we have time to come out and clean them of these beetles and their eggs that can mow our lilies down in a heartbeat. We should know better. The next day after we say or think this, we come outside and the lilies have holes all over them. Guess what did it? The beetles…these Japanese beetles. So Sunday was beetle killing day. We know this sounds rough, but they have to go for our lilies to live. So we pick them off and squeeze them between a cloth and we also brush their eggs off on the underside of the lily leaf. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. So we sit there saving our lilies and then remember the fact that these beetles are quite frisky. Porno beetles! Get a room!
The only thing more distressing than watching nature porn is discovering the big chunk this couple took out of the lily right below them. Sorry to all of you who have religion!
Speaking of the eggs the Japanese beetles lay, we sat there for two hours on Sunday brushing them off with a small brush. Not a great way to spend the day and also one that requires bifocals. These eggs are small and hard to see!
So this is the start of the crazy fight against the creatures that try to make our garden their meal. It’s a fight between them and us. We will tell you this….we’re determined to win. So, hopefully you are reading this before lunch because it is sort of disgusting, but the fight is on. It’s Acorns versus the critters. We will win. We are determined. We are armed. Hopefully, they will get tired before us. Because WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS….of the
world garden. Are you dealing with bugs and varmints in your garden already this Spring?