Oh, Deer! (and other tales from the garden)
|Somebody's been eating my carrots...|
|Munched on Swiss chard...|
I spent a ton of time working on my much-neglected garden this weekend. I went through and weeded the whole thing, which was long overdue and quite an arduous task. It looks so pretty now, though, and perhaps now my vegetables won't get choked out! I've been keeping up with the squash bugs--squishing any I find and destroying all the eggs, though I've had some squash plants die. My little pumpkin, which I thought was a white pumpkin, has now turned yellow, so I'm not sure what it'll end up being. The other squash is doing well, though I still don't quite know what it is.
|My first pumpkin I've ever grown!|
|My yet unidentified squash|
I finally went through and staked my tomato plants, too. I am still using the same stakes I got two years ago. I'm kind of frugal...and was too cheap to buy the tomato cages when I first started my garden, but I needed something to tie the tomato plants to the stakes. I had read that some people use twist ties, but also read that that may not be the best idea, because it can cut into the plant as it grows. I decided to look around my house for some sort of stretchy material that I could use, and came across a great solution: tulle. I had some old tulle fabric lying around that I wasn't using for anything, so I decided to cut that into long strips and use as ties for my tomato plants. It works great. I've continued to use tulle each year. It stretches quite a bit and I never feel like it's cutting into the plant.
A question for you gardeners (or perhaps for Google): What are you supposed to do with pea plants after they are done producing? The stalks die off, or so it seems. I began pulling them up, when I realized that at the very base of the stalks, new leaves were growing, very close to the ground, and some of them were already flowering and producing new peas. So...are you supposed to leave them? Or just trim them back? My other mistake with peas: I intended to leave some of the large pea pods (that grew too big while we were on vacation) on the vine to dry out, then I was going to harvest them to use as seed for my next crop. Well...I guess I wasn't paying attention for a couple of weeks, because when I finally went outside to pick them, they were gone! Gone?? I was confused at first, then realized what I think happened: they had dried out, fallen to the ground and started to decompose! That quickly! I found several shriveled up peas on the ground, so I decided to leave them there in order to determine how well pea plants re-seed themselves. We'll find out!
And here are a few more garden gems...
|Blue delphinium -- our wedding flower!|
|TONS of these in the garden now; not sure where|
they came from...I think seeds I planted last year??
|something burrowed near my potato plants, revealing a mini spud!|
|First green bean harvest of the year!|
|sunflowers are popping up all over the place thanks to the birds|
|I actually put flowers in my pots this year!|
|Some marigolds are actually pretty :)|
|Pathway between the gardens|
|Grape tomatoes -- one of my two plants|
that grew from seed
|My other tomato plant that grew from|
seed - not sure what type it is yet!
|Baby tomato "volunteer" I found when I removed the|
dying pea stems. Not sure it'll be able to produce anything,
but, we'll see!
Hi there! My name is Dana and I live in West Michigan with my husband, Tom and our dog Happy Gilmore. I created this space as a place to share the things I learn along this journey I call life. I work in marketing and I'm a sort of Jane of All Trades, interested in all things nature, gardening, cooking, exploring and learning new things. This blog is a conglomeration of my interests, hobbies, life and life lessons. Thanks for stopping by!