Thursday, May 29, 2014

Veggie Patch on the Southern Exposure

Vegetable Garden Day 1: May 29, 2014

Today we planted seedlings: San Marzano, Heirloom Black Krim, sweet cherry and Juliet grape tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, and basil. I'm excited about growing my own food! (Special thanks to LN for your help, knowledge and secret ingredient pixie dust).

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. 

To nurture a garden is to feed, not just the body, but the soul" 

~ Alfred Austin

June 11: Day 13

First sign of progress -- baby summer squash 'embryos'! 

"All you need is faith, trust… and a little pixie dust!"
~ Peter Pan

June 14: Day 16 

The first grape tomato bambino appears. 
Zucchini & summer squash-lettes are multiplying and flowering.

"And the day came 
when the risk to remain tight in a bud 
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." 
~ Anais Nin

June 19: Day 21

After the rainstorm, everything shot up and out. 

"Into each life, some rain must fall" 
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

June 20: Day 22

Someone ate my little yellow squash blossoms. The 4' fence is great for keeping the deer out but apparently rabbits can limbo under fences. I was not prepared for that. So, I looked into some products, settled on Critter Ridder by Havahart, &  sprinkled some around the perimeter of the garden. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. 

"Man plans and God laughs" ~ Yiddish proverb

Product info:

How It Works:

Critter Ridder animal repellent uses a combination of 3 different types of pepper
Critter Ridder® animal repellent uses a powerful combination of 3 different types of pepper: oil of black pepper, piperine and capsaicin. But it is more effective than any old pepper repellent; this patented and proven formula works by immediately irritating nuisance animals after they smell, taste or touch areas treated with Critter Ridder® animal repellent. Animals experience a burning sensation that is much like biting into a red-hot jalapeno pepper. However, Critter Ridder® does not leave a scent that is offensive to humans.

The Perfect Natural Animal Repellent for Organic Gardeners
Critter Ridder® granules is an OMRI® Listed product that is approved for use in organic gardening. Many organic gardeners prefer Critter Ridder® as an alternative to chemical pesticides.

June 27: Day 29

June 29: Day 31

July 4: Day 35

July 9: Day 40:

July 20
While away vacationing in Mexico for the week, Dylan was home, in charge of watering the garden. I came home to exploding tomato plants, many new cucumber shoots, 2 ripe grape tomatoes and one ginormous zucchini.