Promising Beginning

Promising Beginning

I garden in extreme S. TX, where heat, bugs, and diseases make gardening, shall we say, challenging. I keep trying, despite it all. A few days ago, I noticed that the same critters, judging by chew patterns, that ate my poor melons into oblivion last year were apparently trying again this year. Did some research, and found a gardener who posted that she puffed the cheap store brand of Gold Bond Medicated Powder on her plants. It stopped whatever critter it was, as they apparently didn't like either the menthol or the powder. I thought it was worth a try. I'm happy to report that in a few days of trying, there are no new holes in my leaves. I discovered today that cabbage loopers apparently do not like it either. They were attacking my lettuce, so I dusted, just to see what happened. A bunch fell like a stone to the ground, where I squished them and left them for the ants to clean up. Mind you, I have no idea of possible long-term effects, or continued effectiveness, but it seems like a good start. Just throwing it out here in case anyone else wants to try.
Wild Child

Wild Child

Chinese Lantern vs Deadly Nightshade

Chinese Lantern vs Deadly Nightshade

flower identification please

flower identification please

whats wrong with this plant

whats wrong with this plant

Pics from my place

Pics from my place

Productive weekend

Productive weekend