I knew it would happen. We were late getting our fence up. We had to buy all new garden fencing this year, and the timing to get it up was not working for me. I thought perhaps that I would have an extra week, but I knew that I had to get the fence up in that first week. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
Because the fence did not get up early enough, the friendly neighborhood woodchuck visited my garden. It ate my lettuce, it ate my kale, it ate all of my cabbage.
Such a sad time!
Of course I know that a lot of this will come back. I can buy some new seedlings to replace what will not, but it was kind of sad to see all that work destroyed in one morning.
However, there are a lot of other things growing in the garden as well! I think I may have planted too many green bean plants. There are many of them, and I think that I am going to have a lot of green beans to process this year. It is a good thing that my kids favorite frozen veggie is green beans, and that they love dilly beans as well.
My zucchini and cucumbers seem to be doing well, although something ate many of the leaves from the plants. I don’t know if woodchucks eat leaves off of those plants or not – I probably should google that. I haven’t seen any stink bugs or cucumber beetles yet, so maybe all the radishes I planted are doing their job. Or maybe I need to wait another couple weeks for them to appear. I am going to stay positive though, and hope that I can overcome those pests this year!
My sugar pie pumpkin plant seems to be doing amazingly well. I think that the kids are most excited about that. Emma said “Mom, how lucky will we be if we can get one pumpkin for our Thanksgiving dinner!” We have grown pie pumpkins before, and they have always done well here, but she was just so excited to think that we might get one (I have a feeling there will be several).
I do have one plant that is dying a very slow death, and I have no idea what happened. I think there may be some issue with the soil, or maybe some type of pest that I can’t see.
This is my absolute favorite type of squash – blue hubbard. However, the leaves are all yellow, and I don’t know what happened. I can’t figure out if it is because it hasn’t rained much, and it needs more rain, if the ground was too acidic for the plant. No clue, any ideas more experienced gardeners?
The potatoes haven’t come up through the ground yet. I don’t know how long that will take. And this one garden bed continues to be the weediest garden bed ever. I’m not sure why this specific one is prolific in weeds, but I am not doing very well at staying on top of it…which does not bode well for the rest of the season!
If you are wondering where the pictures of my veggies in pots are - well, I have yet to plant them. Let's all hope that I get them planted soon!
How is your garden growing this year? If you don’t garden, have you visited your local farmers’ market yet?