Image via Wikipedia The bean beetles are early this year, and, combined with the drought, the beans are under stress. We have few enough plants that we (read: I) can apply digital pest control: squishing the prickly yellow larvae between thumb and index fingers. But if I miss a day, more eggs have hatched. And the squash: lots of empty flower stalks where yellow crookneck squash should be. Something is nipping them off before they set fruit. Speaking of fruit–it’s black bear-y season. We …

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