Watch My Garden Growing

My gardening attempts in a new environment.

Survival of the fittest

We have survived. The garden, that is. I had to cut about two feet off the tomato plants and hubby built a nice trellis to tie them up. The storms have not killed them off!! I did add more soil to the beds to help with root growth and stability as well.

The cucumbers are doing well. The pickling cukes I planted first have grown up and across the tops of my deer netting!! I plan to snip at least one today as it is about six inches. I make a cuke and onion salad for hubby that he will eat daily!

It rained too much and then got too hot too quickly for my lettuce. Much of it turned stringy and went to seed, as did my radishes and beets. I will re-plant in the fall. The chocolate mint is loving this weather! Most of the herbs are having a swell time in this hot wet weather.

My poor peppers are not loving the rain so much and the cloudy days. SOMETHING is eating at the leaves as I have tiny holes all over them. They are also curling. Have to do a little research.

Something else has been growing in the fields around us – chiggers and ticks. We did something we HATE to do – we sprayed insecticide in the field behind the house – only about 30-40 feet from the back of the house. We do not wander in the woods much so we did not go any further. I do not like using insecticides; HOWEVER, we felt it was a last resort. Since my diagnosis with Lyme Disease and the overpopulation of ticks (cannot walk to my garden without numerous getting on me) we had to take care of the immediate problem. We also discovered chiggers. My husband had never heard of chiggers before but after working outside one day – and not even in the tall grass – he was “bitten” from the chest downward. EVERYWHERE. He brought them in the house and infested our bedroom. I had to wash everything in very hot water. All of our clothing he touched or contaminated with his clothing and all of our linens.

We discovered the contamination when we both awoke with what looked like bites from waist down. After doing some investigating we discovered we had been infiltrated by chiggers. Using just an anti-itch cream was a temporary fix. We went to Wally-World and purchased benedryl cream and Chigg-Away. Seems to work.

Unfortunately, just walking to the end of my patio seems to get us covered in one or the other so we have taken steps to kill them back and then cut the grass/weeds/growth of vegetation down to the ground to remove any hiding places they have. We had planned to remove the growth anyway as we are building a deck off of the patio.

Life in Williamsburg is much more rural than Wytheville!

I go back to the doc this week to discuss the Lyme DIsease again as I am not sure the first round of anti-bacterial meds killed it off. Using colloidal silver and hemp oil as natural aids to assist me.

Now, off to fold and wash/dry laundry. WOOT! WOOT!

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Chickens, Peacocks and Peahens

English: This picture was taken at Warwick Cas...

English: This picture was taken at Warwick Castle, during my 2003 travels around Great Britain. I loved how these peacocks kept trying to woo the peahens, and the peahens would have none of it. This one time, as a peahen walked over, a peacock started rattling its plumage at her. She ignored it and kept on walking. Another peahen walked over, and the peacock quickly turned and started rattling its plummage at the new one. Not very picky, was he? (Isn’t anthropomorphizing fun?) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My husband called me as I was waiting to get onto the ferry. I take a ferry to and from work each day- yeah, sounds cooler than it is. I leave the house at 6:15 and I get to work at 7:15. LONG day on a short day…

Anyway, he called to tell me there was a peacock and peahen in with the chickens! Sure enough, they were still there when I got home. We watched them a bit and went down to make dinner. About an hour later I went to water the garden and they were still there! So was their owner! LOL! He lives two houses down and they wandered off. He said they like small birds, such as the chickens, and wander off the property every now and then. The neighbor in-between us puts out cat food for the strays and the peacock and hen usually visit his place, according to the owner – Allen, and will probably visit us more now the chickens are out and about!

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Went shopping today

Pepsico, Quaker Oats & GMO: You're On Your Own...

Pepsico, Quaker Oats & GMO: You’re On Your Own (g1a2d0054c1) (Photo credit: watchingfrogsboil)

 

The Future of Food

The Future of Food (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

So, I headed over to Lowe’s this morning and bought the soils I need for my raised bed garden. I will be layering the garden, wheat straw on the bottom (on top of the contractor’s fabric), manure-compost blend, peat, and top soil. I also purchased a few plants as I will be growing a lot from heirloom, un-Monsanto GMO seed. I wanted my tomatoes and peppers to have a head start and provide some shade for my more tender crops.
Tomorrow we will build the box, mix the soils, and plant. Hubby will pick up the stakes to build the fence (deer netting and chicken wire) to keep out the critters. I do use Miracle-Gro so don’t trash me as I mention it in my posts!! I will also use a small portion of my garden area to compost, I save my eggshells to put around the lettuce, cabbage,, etc to discourage the slugs. I will be making my beer bait and insect trap to be hung from a tree on the opposite side of my yard. Primarily, it is used to trap mosquitoes! My beer bait for slugs will be outside of the garden as well.

 
I am really excited to see what we can grow here!

 

 

 

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