We are just like all of the other summer gardener’s who are patiently waiting to dine from their home grown veggies. Some of these gardener’s are already reaping what they sowed because of their zone, but we are in zone 5 in Ohio and our garden has not produced anything yet, except our leaf lettuce.
We have been introduced to other fabulous gardeners here on WordPress as they share their gardening successes, pitfalls, and how they battle the summertime bugs that invade our precious veggies. Here are some of their garden posts that you too might enjoy following:
While dealing with bugs and other harmful things in our garden, we found some great information about those little white butterflies that can do much damage to your cabbage. (aka: Cabbage Worms) First, if you notice small holes on your cabbage leaves, you have a problem. The white butterflies feed on nectar and lays single eggs on the underside of plants. Their eggs hatch in five to seven days. Because of their appetite, an infestation can be as few as two or three works per plant. A serious infestation can result in the death of the plant, since the more leaves the cabbage worm eats means that the plant’s ability to photosynthesize is reduced. Inspect your cabbage leaves underneath to make sure you don’t have any eggs, and if you do, make sure you remove them immediately. To help prevent the cabbage worm from burrowing into your cabbage, insert each head into a nylon stocking and leave it on until harvesting.
So far, we are truly happy to watch our garden grow and mature. Each day seems to be a new adventure. Sure, we’ve had to replant some seeds, but since this is our first time having a home garden, we are learning along the way, which makes this experience truly rewarding. The one thing that we are still trying to get control of is the damage from the chipmunks. We have lots of pumpkins that are popping up from the soil and those darn chippies are eating them as fast as they pop up! And, they have even dug in the soil and ate the pumpkin seeds right out of the dirt. We have considered putting little empty butter containers over these little sprouts at night, since this is when we feel that they are eating (since we don’t see any during the day), but we keep forgetting to head out to the garden to do so, only to wake in the morning to find their damage. Since we have our garden completely enclosed with a six foot high fence, we have not had any deer eating from our garden (yet) and we hope to keep it that way, but the deer have been eating all of our little flower sprouts that have popped up and have damaged them from ever blooming.
Pumpkins go hand in hand with Halloween, so that is why we have planted lots of pumpkins in our yard. We have Jack Be Little Pumpkins (those are the little tiny ones you find in grocery stores), Big Mack’s, and the one that we can’t wait to see is the Red Warty Thing Pumpkin that will produce about a 20 lb. pumpkin that is a reddish orange bumpy pumpkin. We have four of these Warty Thing’s planted & growing, so hopefully we have a good chance of them producing this year (unless the deer come out to eat again like they did last year).
Not only are we busy with tending to our garden, we also can be found having some fun. Mommy got me a new toy that we named YoYo from Pat Catan’s and I only had it for a few minutes until I ripped open the seams! Oh no, a trip to the Pet Hospital for sure and where I sit next to Mommy while she mends up my new toy. (sorry Mommy) YoYo is not actually a dog toy, but Mommy could not resist getting it for me as it was so adorable. I ran around with YoYo all over the house, threw it up in the air, hugged it, then snuggled with it on the couch where I fell asleep.
Grandma also stopped over for a visit over the weekend and I never left her alone. I love my Grandma so much as she always gives me butt rubs and when she does, I melt. I seem to fly away to another place in my mind, as my ears go back and my mouth seems to drool and I am zoned out from the attention.
So, all in all, we had a great weekend with lots of stuff going on and this week we’ll have to wait and see what we can get into, but for now, I’m heading off to nap with YoYo.
Catch up with you later,