Tag: garden

Cursed deer

It’s a class 2 misdemeanor to kill a deer that is eating your garden here in Virginia without getting a permit to do some from the Game and Wildlife dept. Luckily I’m on over 5 acres, so I could probably get one. The dern critters ignored the hubs’ donation to the cause and the Deer

Oh, Deer

I usually don’t have any trouble with deer in the yard. I guess the buffet bar I’ve planted has proven to be too much for them this year. Sydney wanted to go to get ice cream last night (“Let’s dress up, mom, because it’s my next to last day of school!”) and so we loaded

Mite-y Rose

I was in the garden yesterday with a friend and got inspired (read: shamed into) to doing some deadheading today on the New Dawn rose. It looks a lot better, but now I realize what was causing the petals to look so damaged — it wasn’t the cold weather as I assumed. It is mites.

Del’s Tomatoes

I put in the tomatoes from my friend, Del, this morning. I ran out of potting soil and had to go get more. It took 4 bags to mostly fill the growing bags he gave me, and I could have put most of a fifth if I had wanted to. On the end of the

Pests and Hope

I went out this morning for my regular Wednesday Miracle-Gro application and took a more careful look at the garden. Apparently the bugs reconnoitered and decided to assault my very best Kohlrabi plants after I put the diatomaceous earth on the other end of the garden: The little buggers forced me to go nuclear, and

O Hail No

Just when you think everything is going great…. Saturday about 8pm we had a terrible storm kick up. It put up tornadoes to the north and south of us. At our house we got heavy wind and very strong, quarter-sized hail. Jared and I stood on the front porch lamenting the garden as hail was

Beans in

I finally received the beans from that guy I found online. The garden was sopping wet near the bean trellis after the rains — standing water like a pond. So I bought some garden soil to build up that area today, and I put the beans I soaked and inoculated in today. I’ve put in

Blast!

I’m pretty sure my tomatoes have Septoria Leaf Spot. Arg. The Roma tomatoes seem to have it the worst, and they are the tallest, so I picked off the worst branches hoping that the rain won’t splash more infected soil on them. I’ve sprayed them and the new tomatoes (blemish free) with Daconil. I’ll be

Irises, Roses, and Azaleas — Oh My!

I was away for a week, and when I got home the garden was full of blossoms (and weeds — poison ivy, as it turns out). Nobody weeded for 9 days!!! :( The asparagus was still growing well, but my husband was confused and let a whole bunch grow up like we did the first

Asparagus and Microgreens

Every year I panic waiting for the asparagus to come up. I’m sure that it won’t come up or that I sprayed too late for weeds and killed everything accidentally. This year the weather has stayed cooler and spears came up about 10 days later than usual. But they’re here now. I went out this

Easy garden hoops for low tunnel shade

We came up with this simple way of making a small hoop house for lettuce a couple of years ago. It uses lengths of 3/4 inch PVC and 1 inch PVC to make the hoops. I’ll buy snap clips from Johnny’s to attach some shade cloth as it gets warmer.

Legitimate leaves! Day 15

It’s been a few days since I’ve looked at my tomato seedlings, and I’m excited to see that so many of them are looking so good! Several of the seedlings that I thought weren’t going to come up have come up. Right now only the two Italian Roma pucks remain barren. I think they probably