It’s garden update time again. Take a look at how much mine has grown since last week.
We have had quite a bit of rain this week which has really helped everything grow. I also added some manure/compost at the base of almost all of the plants to fertilize them naturally so hopefully that is helping as well. Another thing I did this week was to add netting over my broccoli and cabbage to protect them from those cute white “butterflies” called cabbage months that have wreaked havoc on my plants in years past. So far, so good.
Before I cover the plants with the netting, I first put some stakes in the ground at each corner and a bigger one in the middle.
Then I used some 77 cents/yard netting (tulle, only the kind with slightly bigger holes) to cover the plants. I had to use two lengths of netting so I overlapped them in the middle and used a few safety pins to hold them together. I added some bricks around the perimeter to keep the netting from blowing away. I think it is working pretty well. The netting allows the rain to get in and the light, but seems to be keeping those cabbage moths out.
Update: I am now thinking that I should have bought the netting with the smaller holes. I have a friend who uses sheer curtains she found at a thrift store. Next, year I will switch to the netting with the smaller holes and see if that works even better.
We tried to go strawberry picking this week but the fields were flooded. So, we had to settle for picking the few that are growing in our new patch.
They were absolutely delicious! I’m hoping in a few years these plants will spread and we will have quite a few strawberries.
Last week the potatoes shot up so much. I added another round of straw and more soil to each potato tower. They have grown so much this week that I am going to have to do the same thing again.
Our zucchini plants are starting to grow really well.
The onions and marigolds in cinder blocks are thriving.
Our green beans are growing well, too. Unfortunately, the storms blew my corn over yesterday, but I am happy to say that today it is starting to stand upright again.
A few weeks ago I thought I was going to have to replant the sweet potatoes. However, I let them go and hoped for the best. Well, take a look at how they look now compared to just two weeks ago.
I really am loving the way our garden is looking right now. A June garden always looks so pretty. I am hopeful that this will be the year I can say the same about our garden in August and that the weeds haven’t taken over like they usually do. 🙂 How is your garden growing this week?