Monday, July 11, 2016

A Garden Tour - Week Six


It has been extremely cold the past couple of days.  I guess that is probably a bit of an exaggeration, temperatures in the 60’s are not all that cold.  It certainly felt that way though, especially in the summer months!  I think that the cool off and rain did help my garden though – the rain especially.  It has been so incredibly dry here.


There is a lot of flowering going on in my garden right now, which is extremely exciting.  I am starting to see the fruits of my labor in more lettuce and kale harvested, as well as radishes.  My Swiss Chard looks like it is about ready to be picked, and I may plant some peas in its place, although perhaps not this week since it is supposed to be so hot, and then the peas will not actually germinate.



My pie pumpkin plant seems to grow daily, and it has been hit by cucumber beetles.  My hope is that the plant is established enough so that the cucumber beetles will not be a huge issue.  There were a few last week, completely manageable with my bug squishing skills, however, this week they are overtaking the garden…again.  And not just in my pie pumpkins, also in my zucchini and cucumbers.  I haven’t seen any stink bugs yet, but perhaps they will be next.


With all the cold and rain, the one thing that did appear in my garden which I have never had a problem with in the past – slugs.  Everywhere.  They are literally everywhere.  In all of my flowers, on the leaves, on the stalks of the plants.  While I may not mind squishing cucumber beetles, or drowning stink bugs in soapy water, touching slugs is something entirely different to me.  They are disgusting.  So, my hope is that with the very hot weather we have this week, they will disappear.  I am not sure how likely that is.





All of the bugs that show up in the garden can be a real downer a lot of the time.  Also, when I see this little guy still hanging around my garden – yes, another woodchuck – it drives me batty!  However, it does strengthen my case for getting chicks again next spring, if we can just figure out how to protect them from the family of fox down the street.


With all the craziness of bugs, and animals and other garden pests, you would think I am out in the middle of nowhere growing my garden, nope.  I live in town, but I swear my street is its own little ecosystem consisting of so much wildlife I never have to leave this little city.

Any of you more experienced gardeners, what can I do about slugs – besides picking them off?

29 comments:

  1. Epsom salt helped us A LOT with our slug problem last summer!

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  2. Ah - that woodchuck picture is so cute! I know they are not great for a garden, but it is a fun photo! And ick on the slugs! :P
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  3. You garden looks great. I used to have a big garden but just have not been up to it the past couple of years. I miss the fresh veggies though!

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  4. Your garden looks great! We planted strawberries this year and have already started harvesting our abundance of yummy fruit. Next year I am hoping to get some veggies planted so we can save some money! No advice on the slugs. Sorry!

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  5. Is it weird to say that I have garden envy? Hah, I wish I could grow something, yours looks great!

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  6. Hello! We have a patio garden because we live in a condo. However, we still get slugs and how we deal with them is by putting beer in a pie plate. It works every time and is non-toxic. Your garden looks great! We are fighting with a chipmunk who thinks the tomatoes belong to him. He isn't afraid of us at all.....I think he must be domesticated :-) I am thankful we have an organic farmer's market close by so I can still freeze my fruits and vegetables. Blessings to you and on your garden!

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  7. Uh oh! I spy a garden foe! Love the zucchini blossom! Have you ever cooked them?

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  8. Our tomatoes are in the same place as yours! We have pulled a bunch of cherry tomatoes, though. Yummy! I am so excited about your pumpkins, though!

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  9. Your garden keeps looking better and better as the weeks pass by. I love that all your plants are flowering and that they are all healthy as well. Good job on maintaining them, it's all worth the effort, that's for sure!

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  10. Your garden looks like it's making serious progress despite the bugs and "friends"! Great pics :)

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  11. Your garden is seriously growing. I remember week 1 and now week 6 this is amazing!

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  12. lol, love the woodchuck. Great gardening. Looks like your tomatoes are coming along nicely.

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  13. I love gardening and seeing things grow that I have planted. I also fee like it is great for kids to see it as it happens which makes it fun for both. Especially when from one day to another you see big changes

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  14. Your garden is really coming along! In 6 weeks time it looks darn good.

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  15. Your garden looks so great! I cannot wait to be able to have a backyard and grow yummy foods we don't have to buy!

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  16. Your garden has made some great progress in a short space of time. This makes me yearn for a garden of my own some day.

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  17. You have a really nice looking garden! Those tomatoes are going to be absolutely delicious!

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  18. How lovely! I've always loved gardening, but I'm disappointed that I didn't get an opportunity to work on my garden this year.

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  19. Awwwww your garden is looking good gurlie!!!!! Loving that your tomatoes are finally growing!!! How exciting.

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  20. Sorry I can't help with the slugs. Your garden looks great. Home grown tomatoes are one of the best veggies ever.

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  21. So jealous of everyone's beautiful gardens. I want one so bad. Thanks for sharing. Where do you live that it's only in the 60's?

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    1. We live in Maine :-) But, it is back up to 90 this week with lots of humidity!

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  22. Temps in the 60s are what I am dreaming of these days. I can't take the heat. But, your garden is looking great!

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  23. It's been a little cooler here, too. I need to do something about the squirrels who have been eating our strawberries. I think netting is my best option.

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  24. Its so nice to see everything blooming. I love that groundhog! They are my favorite little critters.

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  25. My garden looks horrible this year :( so it was kinds nice seeing yours :)

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  26. My garden is not doing too well this year. Something came and bit into all our squash and zucchini before it was even ripe to pick. So frustrating!!

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  27. Still growing like crazy!!! I am loving this garden tour its so inspiring I love it!

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  28. I'm with you, slugs are disgusting. I know that if they are on pavement you can sprinkle salt on them and they kind of shrivel up but I don't know what that would do to your plants and soil.

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