2021 garden: odd one out, and barrier attempts

We are once again hitting higher temperatures, with no more rain, so this morning I started watering the garden beds again, moving the sprinkler every half hour or so. While checking the conditions of the various beds, I had to get a photo of this summer squash. It was the last one to start producing … Continue reading 2021 garden: odd one out, and barrier attempts

Our 2021 garden: what happened? and more critter damage :-(

One of the things I've been trying to baby is our Montana Morado corn. I really, really want these to work out! As these were started indoors, they are much further along than any other corn we have, and have been developing ears of corn for a while now. I've been a bit concerned about … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: what happened? and more critter damage 😦

Our 2021 garden: morning rain, and solution found

For the past while, we have been pretty much constantly checking the weather radar. Yesterday evening, it was getting discouraging, and the predicted overnight rain kept getting pushed back and the weather system passed us by to the south. This morning, however, I was thrilled to see a system pushing rain right over is. Granted, … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: morning rain, and solution found

Our 2021 garden: some growth, some critter damage, and WE GOT RAIN!!!!

I just have to start with the exciting part. We actually got rain today! Okay, so it was maybe only for about 20 minutes, but it was a nice, gentle, steady rain, and enough that after several hours, the ground is still damp. Not only that, but we've got a 90% chance of more rain … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: some growth, some critter damage, and WE GOT RAIN!!!!

Crunchy walkabout, and a garden experiment

Today, I did something I haven't done in quite a while; check things out beyond the outer yard. Everything beyond the fence surrounding the outer yard, plus the old hay yard, is rented out, and somewhat less than half of that is used for pasture. This first photo was actually taken from within the outer … Continue reading Crunchy walkabout, and a garden experiment

Our 2021 garden: another attempt, and we have Pixies!

As we were reaching the hottest part of the day, I had concerns about the garden. Specifically, at the squash tunnel. The summer squash are well mulched and can stay cooler and moister longer, but the melons, winter squash and gourds are not as well set up, and they need more water than most other … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: another attempt, and we have Pixies!

Our 2021 garden: morning in the garden

Now that we have Halona melons developing, it is so much more fun to check the garden in the mornings! Check this out. These melons are visibly bigger than they were when I looked at them yesterday evening. I checked them again this evening, and they are again, noticeably bigger! Not only that, but we … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: morning in the garden

Our 2021 garden: defensive strategies

While going through the old kitchen garden this morning, I was seeing more of our beets, slowly being nibbled away. We'd added stinky soap, cat fur, hot chili flakes, and a motion sensor light. The only thing they seem to be doing is spreading out the damage, as the various things get avoided. So today, … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: defensive strategies