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With all the rain we’ve had in May, everything is growing so well! I am so happy that I spent some time last weekend mulching the main vegetable garden with grass and compost. I noticed a significant difference in the amount of moisture in the soil between the mulched areas and the bare areas. This week, I’ll mulch the rest of the beds.
My biggest frustration right now is the amount of bugs in the garden. Even though my tomato plants are doing beautifully and have small fruits on them, there are lots of aphids and white flies. I’m hoping that all the work I’m doing keeps the tomato plants healthy and able to withstand the bugs. The broccoli have had a major infestation of green cabbage worms. This is the first year we’ve been out there picking them off. To combat the bugs, I sprayed the tomato bed with the most amount of bugs with organic insecticidal soap and planted lots of annuals with small flowers around the vegetable garden to attract beneficial insects. I’ve only seen a few lady bugs. Maybe more will come?
After no rain for almost a week and very hot temperatures for the end of May, we watered the main vegetable garden this morning. And no, he didn’t dance in the water, though he almost watered the laundry on the line.
The 2 potato beds in the back are growing more slowly than I expected, however this soil is more compacted and needs more compost. The beans I planted last weekend are coming up, and being eaten by something.
The potatoes in the blue buckets have flowers! No signs of bugs so far.
Here are 2 more white grape vines next to the kids’ dirt pile. I added some compost to the base of the vines last week. To the left of these vines is the raspberry bed. The raspberries are doing terribly this year. We’ve already lost one row; I have 2 plants waiting to fill in the empty row. However, the grapevines will more than make up for the lack of blackberries and raspberries.
This section is on the right of the potato buckets. Eventually this area will become a fruit bush area; we have 2 blueberry plants to install in here. In the meantime, I put in 2 acorn squash plants, plus basil and a pepper plant. I think I also threw in a few bean seeds.
These are bush beans planted at the front of the bed next to a pretty ground cover. I’m not sure that I planted these; I think they may be volunteers from last year.
The main garden is half-weeded. Everything is growing very well. I have 2 volunteer squash plants; one is in the snap pea bed and the other is in one of the potato beds. I’m leaving them in place until I can figure out what kind of fruit they will grow.
The grapevine growing on the back porch is one of the best examples I can provide to show how easy it is to have an edible landscape. I think this vine is about 10 years old. We prune it every later winter/early spring, and in August, we have lots of concord grapes. That’s it. No spraying, no excessive growth, just a vine that does double duty by providing grapes and shading the porch.
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