I had a request from a real life friend to do a garden update. I love talking about the garden but I’m sure that some find pictures of plants boring. I think they are beautiful but …to each his own. ;0) I do have a pest problem which I will talk about at the end because I’m not sure what it is. So here is the garden this week:
Please excuse the weeds! I’m working on it a little at a time. I don’t particularly care for weeding and I always let it go on for too long. We are also hoping to go out to the house of a couple from church to get some pine straw for mulch…soon, I hope!
Everything is growing like weeds in the garden…even the weeds!
- Row 1 ~ Red potatoes
- Row 2 ~ Red potatoes
- Row 3 ~ Yukon Gold potatoes
- Row 4 ~ Broccoli
- Row 5 ~ Green cabbage
- Row 6 ~ Purple Cabbage
- Row 7 ~ Rainbow chard and yellow squash
In the front half of the bed, I planted strawberries. I’m not sure if they will make it or not. The large part in the middle holds raspberries and blackberries. I’m not sure what I will put on the other half of the bed. I plan on planting flowers too because I want my girls to be able to pick flowers often.
I try to garden organically so I use flowers to help protect my vegetables. We usually have marigolds around the tomatoes. Here we have nasturtium that is planted close to where I will put the cucumbers.
I plan on harvesting some lettuce and maybe some baby spinach leaves today for my lunch. My first harvest of the season!
We planted two blueberry bushes. Right now, they look like twigs sticking out of the ground. So I had to make these cages to protect the plants from little feet. I’ve not seen any green on these yet but we’re hoping for a few blueberries this year. Fresh blueberries from a bush are YUM-O!
The back half of the garden is just now starting to sprout. Here are a few of the little baby plants:
corn and zucchini squash
Not pictured: crowder peas, purple hull peas, green beans and wildflowers
Now for my problem:
I am finding these holes in the back half of my garden. The first ones that I found were on top of a row but now they are on the sides of the rows. My boys said that it may be armadillos. A friend said maybe moles. I’m not sure. Any ideas? I’ve not seen any plants affected yet and I’m hoping that I don’t. I have to fight the birds and squirrels every year for my sunflowers. (The stinkers all ready got into my seed starts!) I’m really hoping that it’s not something that I’m going to have to battle all summer.