From the outside looking in, the vegetable garden looks like it is coming along nicely. The Sunflowers look awesome and the Marigolds underneath and bushing out nicely.
But don't be deceived. Come inside.
This is the Carrot Patch....can you even see a carrot top in there?
The Celery - oy! The poor, poor Celery. What the heck is wrong with the one on the right? They need blanched with milk cartons...but I don't usually buy milk, or juice, in a cardboard carton so this task has been put off, unintentionally.
And yes, the ground looks painfully dry. Hard to imagine with the record rain fall's we've had.
Oh the cabbage. Farewell Sauerkraut. Farewell Coleslaw....at least if I cannot combat what is tearing you to shreds. How embarrassing! And yes, I see all the weeds too ;)
And this hot mess is a patch of my Cucumbers. Can I get a double 'Oy'!
I planted seeds in mass, expecting that if they all germinated, I could just pull some. Well, I never got a chance to pull some before they turned into this nice, hot mess. So I was in there the other night trying to tame them, move some towards the fence they were supposed to climb up [rather than my bush beans] and just in general get some order!
So, is this embarrassing or what! The weeds are uncontrollable at this point! The bugs are out of control. But, it is always a learning process. I am already making plans for next year's garden. Things I am keeping in mind are to inter-plant more herbs in with the veggies to help combat some of the bugs. We 'd liked to also do raised beds and then, this way, we can fill the walkways with wood chips or something of the sort. This should also help cut back on the amount of weeding we have to do. And, the babe will be older this time next year, which may help with the demands on my time ;) He can play around in the yard next to me while I weed versus now, where he demands a tad more of my attention.
How about you? How is your garden looking? Has anyone tried Diatomecous Earth for help with the bugs?
Here are just some gardens I am currently envious of! Check them out!