Saturday, August 20, 2011

Things to remember...

  • Grow lemon grass, mums and marigolds around and in the pumpkins for insect control
  • Mix sand in carrot patch 16"+ deep, plant all at once
  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers + 1 onion + 1tbps paprika + 1tbps cayenne pepper = squirrel repellent = save the pumpkins and sunflowers
  • Grow ingredients for squirrel repellent
  • Need more watermelons in soil
  • Need border and watering system

Monday, August 15, 2011

Signs of life!

Signs of life!

Lots of Tomatoes!
Chili Peppers! Pepperchinis

We've also had some intruders in the garden! Squirrels have been attacking some of the pumpkins!
The mutant got eaten, along with a couple more, but I've repositioned the scarecrows and I'm starting to use a hot pepper spray to keep them away!
We've also got two squash bug infestations that I've been fighting! No damage to the pumpkins, but sucking the water out of the leaves and killing them!
Luckily, the pumpkins are taking over this year so they're growing new leaves faster than they're losing them and we've got new pumpkings starting all the time!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Garden is Thriving!

We've had some storms, and the sunflowers have lost some limbs, but the garden is thriving! We're seeing more beans and pumpkins, and we're starting to see tomatoes!

The Pumpkins are moving in, but the Tomatoes are still going strong!
Someone has been eating the Sunflowers!
These are seeds from last year's Chocolate Sunflowers, cross-polinated with the Mamoths
In the center front you can see a young sunflower from last year's Mamoths
Beans! (a little dirty from the storm)
More Lettuce!
Pepperchinis! Chili Peppers!
Pumpkins attacking the Tomatoes
Pumpkin Patch!
First Pumpkin is a mutant!
Marigolds that ring the fire pit seating!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Garden is Growing!

The garden is in full swing! There won't be too much more planting after this (maybe some beans, carrots and lettuce, but that's it). Some plants are still quite young (I got a late start on the tomatoes) but others are already starting to produce! And the pumpkins have made it clear that they plan on devouring the yard this year!

The silver cages are 'wild' tomatoes that grew from what was left on the ground last year!
The Oldest The Youngest (though not the smallest)
Carrots! You can also see two tomatoes that had to get moved (the one in the orange cage is older than the one above, but got no light)
The first lettuce, all alone...
Chili Peppers!
Pumpkin Patch!
Wild Pumpkins in the Garden!
First Pumpkin! (Wild in the Garden!)