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?