We came home from a long weekend and discovered something miraculous.
The kiwi had started to heal and regrow.
It had been ravaged by angry beetles for weeks, but it was coming back. Leaves were sprouting out, healing vines and kicking out the crunchy brown leaves.
The Japanese beetle’s 8-week reign of terror ended. Finally.
We were relieved that the pests had not done any lasting damage to the roots of the kiwi. It would have been depressing to have to cut out all that dead kiwi and start over again.
The grapes and hops are coming back as well, but it is the kiwi I am most impressed with. It had truly suffered and I had my doubts as to whether or not it would survive into next season.
I’ve never been more happy to be wrong.
The kiwi is coming back and we have a plan of attack for next year. A plan that will, with any luck, insure that the Japanese beetles lose the war.
The kiwi returns
To the homestead so bright, green
Leaves dance in the breeze