Our 2021 garden: the last beet bed

Yesterday, I finally was able to tend to the last of the beet beds. You can see why there was no hurry. This beet bed got quite a bit of critter damage before we were able to cover it with the netting, and never really recovered. I think I lot of that has to do … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: the last beet bed

Our 2021 garden: fixing the beet bed, and last things

One of the things we've done to protect some of our garden beds from the groundhogs and deer was to use mosquito netting as row covers. The edges were weighed down with whatever was handy; rocks, bricks, pieces of wood... that sort of thing. The beet bed near where the garlic had been planted has … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: fixing the beet bed, and last things

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

Our 2021 garden bed prep, and dealing with the heat

The weather forecast said that we would be cooler today. They lied. When I did my morning rounds, it was already above 20C/68F, and we easily hit 28C/82F this afternoon, with a humidex above 30C/86F. Which meant that we spent as much of the day indoors, out of the heat, as we could. Thankfully, the … Continue reading Our 2021 garden bed prep, and dealing with the heat

Our 2021 garden: one last bed, and transplants

Today, I built what should be the last garden bed for the year. This one is for the climbers. Here is what the space looked like when I started. The original plan was to use the remaining chimney blocks, like the one in the photo, as planters along the chain link fence, but they remain … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: one last bed, and transplants