Garden update

Farming takes perseverance.  Something is always breaking, going wrong, sick or dying.  You have to be able to roll with the punches and come back and figure out what went wrong and fix it.

While Talitha was away visiting colleges with Emma, not only did the chickens get into the garden and scratch up all the seedlings but a groundhog moved into the firewood pile and ate the tops off of the well established peas and beans.  The peas were not savable, the radishes were gone, the beans might rally provided the groundhog is removed (have-a-heart trap is baited next to the bean bed), a few chard remain, a few lettuce seedlings survived, the kale are gone, the brussel sprouts are gone, the cucumbers are gone, the zucchini and squash are gone, a few butternut squash and acorn squash are rallying, the basil was destroyed, the parsley was replanted and might recover.  Only the tomatoes and marigolds were untouched.

Talitha cleaned up the mess and replanted peas, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash.  Her son, Daniel built pole bean stands so pole beans were planted in one of the destroyed beds with nasturtium around the edges.   Between the replanted cucumber hills and the summer squash and zucchini hills, a row of zinnias were seeded.  The tomatoes have gotten big enough to start tying to the stakes.

More planting over the weekend….

Update June 13, 2011:  Got the groundhog.

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One Response to “Garden update”

  1. jan Says:

    Oh…I am so sorry. This is the down side if growing a garden.
    I know you will get the new plants going since the warm weather will help. If you have time plant peas in the fall.

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