I don't know about your gardens, but mine has just about had it this summer. Between the drought and the recent bug invasion, I have barely a green leaf left in any of my three beds.
First, came the grasshoppers - by the hordes! Then came an absolute army of blister beetles, which really - they pretty much cleaned up all the grasshopper leftovers and took out some grass while they were at it.
At lunch today, a friend suggested a rather novel way of overcoming these fiends - suck them up with a shop vac. How simple! Wish I had thought of it before they made a buffet out of my poor gardens.
Oh well, live and learn as they say.
Supposedly, it's just about time to start a second summer garden, so I'm going to give it a try with some heirloom seeds we bought from a local company called Heritage Seeds, and some of our seeds saved from last year.
Maybe this time, with enough watering and my shop vac at the ready, I'll be able to salvage something from the garden for a nice September salad.