Monday, June 20, 2016

A Garden Tour - Week Three

I’m always amazed at the new growth after a week.  And last week I did my garden tour a little later than I had originally planned, so it hasn’t been a full week, but the changes are noticeable.


The first change that I noticed this weekend was the arrival of my day lilies.  These flowers were planted here when we bought the house (all the flowers were, thankfully!).  I love the succession of flowers; first, my irises, then the peonies, and finally the day lilies.  I’m always surprised when I see them pop up. 



The vegetable garden itself, well, my ideas about putting straw between the garden beds was a good one – but I probably should have put newspaper or garden fabric down before I did the straw.  But, seeing as how I am on a tight budget for the garden, we did not do that.  Now the weeds are coming up around the garden boxes, and I need to do something about that. 


My thought was to have Matt weed whack around the boxes, but he pointed out what a mess that would make, and the likelihood that most of the weeds would then end up in the garden boxes themselves.  My next thought was to just pull them, but they are surprisingly strong, so I am thinking of getting more straw, and trying to stamp them down where they are not easily pulled.  As long as they aren’t in the garden boxes themselves, I’m not all that concerned.



I am happy to report that the fence has been doing a great job at keeping out the woodchuck.  The lettuce and kale seem to be coming back just fine, and some of the cabbage is as well.


My newest pest, however, is the lovely grasshopper.  Now, I’m not entirely sure if this little grasshopper family is eating my plants, but I have a suspicion that is the case.  I noticed the stems of some of my pepper plants, and also some of my cucumber plants, seemed to be getting eaten.  I also noticed that something is eating the actual leaves off the cucumber plants – which I haven’t seen before.  Of course, this could have been damage from the woodchuck before, but considering I found a family of grasshoppers hiding beneath one of my cucumber plants, I am apt to think it is the grasshoppers. 



I did actually google whether or not grasshoppers were bad for the garden – praying that grasshoppers were not anything close to locusts.  Unfortunately, I am pretty sure that grasshoppers are bad for the garden.  And I have no idea how to combat them.  So we are going with the wait and see approach.  I also explained to Matt that this is part of the reason I want to get chickens again – we need them.



Overall, I am really pleased with how the garden is coming along.  I’m also excited to get to the first “pick your own” season soon – strawberries!  There is nothing like freshly picked strawberries, and all the wonderful jars of jam to come from them!


Do you have a pick your own farm in your area?  

23 comments:

  1. Loving seeing the progression of your garden. Peonies are MY FAVORITE FLOWERS and I can.not.get.enough of them! Yours look pretty - enjoy!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  2. I LOVE peonies. Love them. Your garden is progressing along. I have to get out there and do some more weeding but the heat here is awful. Watering twice a day now...

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    1. I probably should start watering more. I keep expecting it to rain, but the most it does is get really cloudy and cool...at least it can do double duty as entertainment for the kids (anytime there is water they try to get as wet as possible).

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  3. It's coming along great! I am a big fan of gardening. We pull out weeds manually after plants are watered. When the ground is wet, they pop right out: roots and all!

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  4. what a lovely garden you have there. It is growing beautifully. My son is currently trying to grown himself.

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  5. I love peonies! But... I do not love when they become mush balls. :( Do you have any tips on how to keep that from happening? For the most part my peonies are all mush in the backyard. :(

    www.mrsaokworkinprogress.com

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  6. My husband will occasionally bag our grass clippings when he mows and dump that right into the garden. It is free, it keeps the weeds down, keeps moisture in, AND turns to compost eventually.

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  7. Oh no those pesky grasshoppers! Still I think your garden is progressing at a good rate regardless and you should be proud of yourself!

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  8. My Dad was obsessed with day lilies when I was growing up, so you've bought back some happy memories. I used to love to go out with him in the morning and see what the day brought. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  9. Your garden progressing with the flowers start coming out convince me to do more for my garden. I used to have garden but it was my Dad who took care of it, I have a very little knowledge of gardening. Your post is another input for me about gardening.

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  10. I love seeing the pictures of your garden progressing! It would be so much fun to have chickens too!

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  11. What a great thing to look forward to everyday! We love waking up and seeing what has bloomed in the garden or popped up!

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  12. Everyone is sharing beautiful garden pictures. I wish I could regain my green thumb. I used to be able to grow beautiful plants. Now that I have allowed my life to get so busy, I kill anything green that I own. Thanks for sharing your successes.

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  13. I would love to grow my own Kale, this has given me some fab ideas. Thanks for sharing :)

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  14. I really need to get started on a garden layout. It's a little late for veggies but I need to at least do some flowers.

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  15. Looks great! I have not had any trouble from grasshoppers. I have added in neem oil to try to prevent vine borers on my squash plants this year. I had trouble from them last year. As an added bonus, the smell of neem oil also repels squash bugs. I spend my summer trying to protect my squash, lol. This year I planted 7 different squash varieties. So far so good!

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  16. You must be so excited about the arrival of the Day Lillies. I can't wait to see all the beautiful new flowers that grow in your garden.

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  17. It's too bad the grasshoppers are after your plants- they're coming along so nicely too! The variety you have going is really wonderful.

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  18. Oh, this garden looks so dreamy! I would love to have one someday! So far I am enjoying the local products from the farm-to-table cafes and grocery stores - the vegetables there are so delicious!

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  19. I would love to have my own veggie garden. Not sure how it would do in the sand/dirt we have here. Instead, I venture to a farmer's market to pick up goodies. Love me some fresh local produce.

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  20. You're going to have quite a harvest! Everything looks yummy and healthy!

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  21. I love your garden <3 I want to start with a few items in pots and then if I don't kill them I can transition to something more permanent. I would be a little freaked about the grasshoppers as I've been afraid since I was little. I wish them no harm, but I will run in the other direction!

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  22. Strawberries, lettuce, peppers - yum! Lucky you to have a garden! I wish I had more luck growing these in South Florida but the hot weather and pests beat me to the plants every time. Good luck with the grasshoppers.

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