Summer Garden 2014 – The End

2014-08-21 07.18.07

Empty now

That’s it. We’re done. The garden was limping on as it was but this week the dogs decided to deliver the death blow. While playing in the backyard one of them ran through the netting, the other followed and decided the best place to assault each other was on top of my zucchini plant… That lasted for about 10 seconds, until about the time the two of the realized they were right next to a tomato plant. At that point the two of them began plucking cherry tomatoes right off the vine.¬† Continue reading

Summer Garden 2014 – August Report

2014-07-31 18.22.38

Not from our garden…

Oh, it’s August! I wonder how the garden is doing? Um, not well. I don’t know of it’s the ravaging rabbits, the overgrown shade trees, or our frolicking puppies but our backyard garden is not doing very well. In the last two months I think we’ve had maybe a dozen cherry tomatoes, five¬†jalapenos, and a single zucchini:

This was what I picked this week from our garden

This was what I picked this week from our garden

One of our eggplants has been completely eaten, the other is a stunted little plant with a sad, stunted little piece of fruit on it. One of our jalapeno plants hasn’t even flowered yet. The zucchini plant flowers but has yet to produce anything but that single piece of fruit. Two cucumber plants are flowering, one is growing quite prolifically, but neither has produced any food.

sad eggplant

sad eggplant

Things are okay though! D switched labs recently and her new lab has a garden plot on campus! The plot has melons, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, corn, squash, and tomatoes growing in it. Anyone in the lab is welcome to pick as much as they want as often they want. That is where all the produce in the picture at the top is from!

D's Lab plot. Not very photogenic

D’s Lab plot. Not very photogenic

Still doesn't look that great

Still doesn’t look that great

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Summer Garden 2014 – May Report

2014-05-31 12.51.51

tomato blooms

Earlier this month the majority of our garden was wiped out by one or more rapacious leporids. For a few weeks D and I pretended not to care about the backyard anymore. But, something about having empty garden boxes wears on you. We broke down and decided to take another go at it. This time though we had to think of a way to keep the rabbits, rats, puppies, etc. out of the boxes. There were a lot of fancy methods we could have used but the cheapest, and so far effective, way was to get some two foot stakes and some bird netting.

You can sort of see the netting in this picture

You can sort of see the netting in this picture

A little time, a little elbow grease, and some staples and we had two feet of netting protecting our plants. It’s been two or three weeks now and all of the plants are still there. I’m going to call that a success (knock on wood.) This feels like the third time we’ve planted so far this year but I’m thinking it’s the last. I think we might have planted the garden too early the first two times anyway. The days weren’t long or hot enough for the plants to be happy.

Green tomatoes

Green tomatoes

Eggplant

Eggplant

Garden bed w/ netting

Garden bed w/ netting

fingers crossed this zucchini produces this year

fingers crossed this zucchini produces this year

The beginning of a tomato plant boom.

The beginning of a tomato plant boom.