Garden Progress

My vegetable garden is just a tiny little thing. Only 10 feet by 12 feet. That’s just 120 square feet of space. We have had rain nearly every day for two straight weeks. It was just a muddy mess. So I wasn’t able to get out and work the plot at all. It has finally dried up so yesterday and the day before I was out there weeding. It really was a shameful sight. I was so embarrassed I didn’t take any before photos.

After discussing things with the extension agent we’ve come to the conclusion that the slugs came from my mulch. It was shredded hardwood mulch from a local mulch plant. They make huge piles of it before it is bagged and sold to stores. So with that in mind I decided to use straw for mulch this time. I spent about 6 hours spread over two days weeding. It took that long, honestly I’m ashamed.

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It looks so much better now. The bare dirt you can see there between the beans and onions is where I tore out the spinach. It had bolted, I was very disappointed in it. The leaves were barely big enough to eat when it bolted. Not growing that variety again. So I sowed some basil seed there yesterday. Hopefully it will all germinate and I’ll have enough basil for canning pesto.

We are picking peas and green beans now. I was very excited to find little baby tomatoes on the plants too!

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The squash plants have big beautiful blossoms on them too. I can’t wait to try this variety. It’s called Georgia Candy Roaster. It’s supposed to be like a butternut squash.

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This is a slug I found in the yard on his way to my garden. It is the biggest slug I’ve ever seen in my life! I was about 5 inches long as it was gliding. It was bigger around than the thickness of my thumb. That’s a quarter in the picture to try to give an idea of scale.

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