In between knocking on doors and meeting people in my township, I have been busy in the garden. Building on lessons learned from last year, I have already had some early successes. These include lettuce, spinach, radishes, and peas. I recently started putting in my summer veggies: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and green beans. The longer than usual cool spring weather helped extend the lettuce. I had so much lettuce I have been giving it away by the armfuls. The spinach is about done and going to seed, which is good because I need the space for zucchini and cucumbers. I found a local source for high quality compost, and learned about the value of covering plants, organize means to battling pests, and growing in bags. Continue reading
. . . and beetles, oh my!
In my delight at my vegetable garden success I forgot that when you have a garden you also have some uninvited guests. These are known as pests. I put up a fence around the garden to keep the four legged ones out, but it’s impossible to keep out the insects. Recently I noticed that I have Japanese beetles feasting on the green bean foliage. At first this didn’t bother me, but lately they have been gobbling up a lot of leaves. So, I went into action. Continue reading