I may not have won the war, but I may have won the battle, at least for now. It seems like my monsters have found other places to dig besides in and around my garden beds. I like to imagine them frustrated; “What are these boards and bricks and rocks doing in my buffet? Let’s go somewhere else...”
As for my plants, they seem to be doing well. I’ve been able to remove the caging off the eggplants and squash and the effect was amazing. The zucchini doubled in size overnight. I am not exaggerating. It doubled. It was almost as if it was singing, “Born free....” and stretching it’s arms toward the sky.
Yes, both the animals and plants talk in my garden.
The tomatoes seem to be happy and two of the plants have quite a few green tomatoes on them. I harvested my first vegetables of the summer on Sunday; 1 lb of yellow squash.
I have not had much luck with my plants started with seeds; my basil seedings have been chewed up by insects or snails (though I haven’t seen any evidence of said slugs), the leeks died as did the lemon cucumbers. Also, the peas I planted died. So this past weekend I bought more plants, some to replace the seedlings, some to extend the garden’s growing period.
Expense Update: What price the joy of a home grown vegetables? Ongoing total for Summer 2010: $340*
Purchased the weekend of 5/29/10:
2 6-packs of basil plants, green and purple mixed
1 Japanese Eggplant
1 yellow summer squash
To see the start of the accounting process and why I’m doing this, see When Does “Growing Your Own” Become Too Expensive?
*273 is for hay, alfalfa, compost and fertilizer to fill the garden beds and for this year’s building supplies, and $67 on plants.