Garden Growing Pains

By | June 17, 2014

This year, we’ve already had a few garden issues to try and overcome. After enlarging the entire area and adding a few new beds, we were left with a garden that looked like this:

Early Garden 2014

Then, we had an encounter with Yard Bird.

Hawk Stuck in Bird Netting 3

For some reason, the three tomato plants we planted a few weeks ago got really wilted and the leaves were really curled up. So we dug those up and moved them (in case they weren’t quite dead) over by the house.

Wilted Tomato Plants Early Garden 2014

So far, they still aren’t looking good…

Wilted Tomato Early Garden 2014

But do still seem to be alive… For what it’s worth…

Then, we added a couple new plants in hopes of better luck.

Tomatoes and Corn Early Garden 2014

The eggplants and cucumbers are already going a mile a minutes, which is crazy because we actually even planting more this year…for some crazy reason. I guess I like feeling like I’m living in cucumbers up to my eyeballs. Maybe if the kitchen still isn’t done by the time we start harvesting, we’ll eat them raw for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Cucumbers and Eggplant Early Garden 2014

The beans and peas are also looking good.

Beans and Peas Early Garden 2014

I’ve never grown peas before, but it’s fun to see them climbing up the little support we made them.

peas Early Garden 2014

The peppers also look pretty good, although they’ve had a pretty slow start.

Peppers Early Garden 2014

And the blueberries look good.

Blueberries Early Garden 2014

But the raspberries haven’t even hinted at blooming. Not sure what’s going on there.

Berries Early Garden 2014

Of course, the main issue is the squash and zucchini. Since we lost them (twice) last year, I’ve been working on some sort of crazy solution to the dreaded squash vine borers. So far, the best solution we’ve found has been to pick off all the individual eggs the stupid moth is laying.

This is not a fun task, Wyatt hates it. You can see the tiny little egg next to my thumb, in the bag below.

Squash Vine Borer Eggs in Bag

Fun stuff, I’m telling you, but so far, everything is looking good, and I keep telling Wyatt it will be worth it if we end up with lots of delicious zucchini!

Zucchini Early Garden 2014

So, there’s our garden update, what can you tell me about anything you’re growing this year. Any potted herbs? Any gardens out there? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

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