How Does Our Garden Grow?

>> Thursday, May 7, 2009

Quite nicely, actually! Here's a picture breakdown of our veggie's growth so far:

Cherry Tomatoes (regular tomatoes not pictured)


Sugar Snap Peas

Red Bell Peppers

Spinach

Zucchini or Yellow Squash - I have no idea which is which

Green Beans

Want to know why our beans and squash are surrounded by styrofoam cups? It's easy. Pill bugs, or Roly Polys, as some people call them. The very first night after the plants had grown out of the soil, those little bugs attacked them. We went outside at midnight and found them feeding on them, at least 5 or so per plant. They just eat into the fleshy part of the stem and munch away. They normally don't feed on plants unless they are in very large numbers and there's not much food. Our garden fit the bill. We wanted to try to grow our garden without pesticides, so Jason found that he could buy diatemaceous (sp?) soil which is harmless to us. Unfortunately, you can only buy it in nurseries which are only open until 5. So, for night number two, we tried to block the bugs physically with these cups so that we could save the plants. Since it's worked, we didn't even bother buy the soil after all. Once the plants are larger, the pill bugs won't be able to bite into them, so we can remove the cups.

The last thing in our garden is this chili pequin plant:

Yeah, I know it looks like a stick. It was a larger plant that was growing underneath this plant:

We took out this plant because it was in the way of the garden and it was a little out of control. It's now planted at my in-law's house where it can grow all it wants!

Back to the plant - er - stick. I tried to plant the entire plant we uprooted at first. It was about a foot and a half long and had lots of leaves. I watered it, but it just didn't look very good. The leaves dried out and died. So Jason gave it a mayjuh haircut and chopped it to the stick it it. I thought there was no hope, but as you can see below, there's some growth!

I took these photos yesterday and today, there's actually 3 spots of growth on it! We may have little chili pequins one day after all!

1 comments:

Shana May 8, 2009 at 12:13 PM  

I'm ready to start stealing veggies from your garden now. Yesterday I spent $25 in the produce section at the grocery store! Come on little plants, grow faster!

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