Yes, I know that I am late with our garden update this week, but it has been a busy crazy week, and I am just glad that I had the time now to prepare this post. I climbed up on a ladder to take the photograph below. Click on the photo to view our garden better!
We are still continuing to battle with the critters in our garden. Now, we are dealing with ground hogs. I noticed two large ground hogs last week behind our fence chasing each other around in the neighbors yard, and all I kept saying to myself is “just keep your butts over there”. Well, they didn’t listen.
A ground hog got into the garden over the weekend and chewed down a section of our cucumber patch. He just dug a huge hole under the fence and walked right in. I am determined to “win” this battle as I have been screwing in long pieces of pallet onto our fence at the bottom to keep them out. I first hammered the pieces of pallet deep into the dirt as good as I can, then screwed the pallet piece to the fence. So far, it has kept them out, until yesterday when they found another little spot to dig under. I fixed that spot too. I am to the point where I wish I had some barbed wire to place all around the garden, or perhaps make a “dome” over the entire garden to keep all of these critters out.
Both of us are just so tired of battling with all of these critters this gardening season and are close to just throwing in the towel, but I still have a little fight left in me. Our tomato plants are steadily starting to produce more frequently, and we’re now picking red peppers and cucumbers too from the garden. It is just such a wonderful feeling to be able to eat what you grew yourself.
To date, this is the total number of veggies we have picked from our garden: (Note: Don’t forget that our garden had a deer jump our fence and it took down a good portion of our garden, so it had to re-grow most of the plants – – that’s why we are a little behind in what our garden has produced)
- Juliet Tomatoes – 55
- Big Boy Tomatoes – 15
- Cucumbers – 3
- Red Peppers – 2
The sunflowers that Auntie Rene gave us are doing great, but the ground hog ate two of them. I climbed up on the ladder to take a pic of the top of the tallest sunflower just to see what it looked like. It’s been awhile since I grew a sunflower, so I was curious. The tallest one is about 18-19 slats high next to the garage.
The pumpkins are slowly growing and we are only crossing our fingers that we can actually get some grown before Halloween. Man, what else can go wrong for us this year?
Cucumbers are producing nicely and there are tons of little cucs on the vines. We just hope that no more ground hogs attack our garden.
Our Flat Dutch Cabbage is doing well, but the ground hog got a few of them too.
Since our weather has changed quite a bit to a more cooler Fall like temps, we are curious as to how the garden is going to react. All we do is just keep watering and keep our fingers crossed that we can survive this garden season. It has been a tough season, and just like last year, we learned a lot and will go into the next season with more experience. What did not work this year, we will correct it for next year.